03 Mar Canadian Privacy Watchdog Mulls New Data Protection, Erasure Rules
It has been reported that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is considering new data protection policies which will offer Canadians new regulatory tools for the safety of their information online.
The OPC had previously sought suggestions from the public on regulatory solutions, particularly with the removal of online information detrimental to an individual’s reputation. Most respondents cited the “right to be forgotten” found in the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a reference, while some suggested a search engine de-indexing option.
Based on the feedback it obtained, the OPC identified two options – de-indexing and source takedown. Both are within the scope of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canada’s principal data-privacy law.