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Forget 'right to be forgotten' until the right case comes

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 8:00 PM | By Mark Hayes & Adam Jacobs

The “right to be forgotten” has been recognized by the European Union since 2014. This right grants individuals the ability to compel search engines or websites to remove content that contains or links to inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excess data.

The right is not absolute, is assessed on a case-by-case basis, and has to be balanced against other fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression. As of yet, this right has yet to be formally recognized in Canada.

On Jan. 30, the Federal Court released the...