CBC News: How a ‘right to be forgotten’ could trigger a battle over free speech in Canada

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Google James Alexander Michie

How a 'right to be forgotten' could trigger a battle over free speech in Canada

Author: James Alexander Michie

The Privacy Commissioner that promotes European-style defenses to approve the removal of online search results, since any legal experts to make Parliament welcome a “right to be forgotten” for Canadians is founding that could be transformed as a historical contest in the conflict between privacy and freedom of expression on the Internet.

Similarly, during the course of this week, Daniel Therrien who is the Privacy Commissioner, said that his intention to seek clarity with the Federal Court as to whether the laws already established and in force, already granted to the Canadians the right to require search engines to remove links to material that is outdated, incomplete or incorrect, a process called “de-indexing”.

For its part, Google, which is established as the dominant search engine company in the world, does not share the same criteria since it does not agree and consequently warns that a fundamental right of the statutes is being threatened. Similarly, Google’s global privacy advisor, Peter Fleischer said: “The right to be forgotten affects our ability to fulfill our mission, which is to provide relevant search results for our users” and also expressed “In addition, it limits the ability of our users to discover legal and legitimate information. ”

However, Fleischer gave his point of view and made it very clear saying “Former politicians who want to eliminate the posts that criticize their policies in the position.” Convicted criminals request that articles about their crimes be removed. and doctors are asking for the negative comments to be deleted, people who want the comments they wrote themselves to be deleted, and perhaps now regret it, “added,” In each case, someone wants the information to be hidden, while others they could argue that it should be exposed. ”

Undoubtedly this could be transformed into a contest for the relevance of this issue and what it entails, for which it has been said that any decision that may be reached in the future on the de-indexing or elimination of material should be carried out by an independent body, guided by standards clearly articulated and applied correctly.

Meanwhile, Google argues that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right.

Take a read: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/privacy-freedom-expression-charter-1.4843451

Source: Kathleen Harris | CBC News

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