January 21, 2016

Commissioner seeks public input on privacy and online reputation

GATINEAU, Quebec, January 21, 2016 — The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is kicking off a public discussion about privacy and the reputational harm that may result from the proliferation of personal information online. 

The Office has released a Discussion Paper on Online Reputation today and is inviting organizations, individuals, academics, advocacy groups, IT specialists, educators and other interested parties to propose new and innovative ways to protect reputational privacy.

Essays examining privacy gaps between the online and offline worlds, solutions for mitigating online reputational harm, the right to be forgotten, the special challenges facing vulnerable groups and the roles and responsibilities of various players should be submitted to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada by April 28, 2016.

“Our goal is to enrich the public debate and ensure that my Office is well positioned to inform Parliament on matters related to online reputation and to develop a policy position on this issue,” Commissioner Daniel Therrien says. “During the consultation process we would like to hear the views of experts and non-experts alike.  Online reputation is an issue that affects virtually all Canadians.”

Reputation and privacy was identified last year as one of four priorities that will guide the proactive policy work of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada over the next five years.
For more information, please contact:

Tobi Cohen
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

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