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June 21 2017

Romanian Website Exposes Tension On Canadian Privacy

A Romanian website that says it is dedicated to keeping "information free and open" is raising questions about how much personal information should be included in Canadian legal rulings.
 
Over the past year, almost 100 people have complained to the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII), after reading legal decisions that mention their names through Google searches. The complaints CanLII has fielded stem not from decisions posted on its own website, but on a site hosted in Romania that asks for a fee for quick removal of personal information.
 
The situation has highlighted the growing tension between open access to public information and the desire to protect personal privacy in the digital age.