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Draft Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Position on Online Reputation

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Jan 26, 2018

On January 26, 2018, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada ("OPC") published its "Draft Position on Online Reputation in conjunction with a Notice of Consultation and Call for Comments on this position. This Draft Position follows a 2016 consultation and call for essays on this subject.

The development of reputations online is complicated because, in the digital environment, judgments are generally formed on information people read about others, or images they see, often without the benefit of personal contact and not necessarily in the same context in which it was intended.

Moreover, information, once posted online, gains characteristics that affect reputation – it can easily be distorted, is persistent and can be extremely difficult to remove.

Review the Draft Position on the OPC's website and an article on Borden Ladner Gervais' website.

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