Legal Challenges of Online Reputation Systems

Legal Challenges of Online Reputation Systems

Jennifer Chandler (University of Ottawa, Canada), Khalil el-Khatib (University of Ontario, Institute of Technology, Canada), Morad Benyoucef (University of Ottawa, Canada), Gregor Von Bochmann (University of Ottawa, Canada) and Carlisle Adams (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 28
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-207-7.ch004
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Abstract

Online reputation systems have become important tools for supporting commercial as well as noncommercial online interactions. But as online users become more and more reliant on these systems, the question of whether the operators of online reputation systems may be legally liable for problems with these systems becomes both interesting and important. Indeed, lawsuits against the operators of online reputation systems have already emerged in the United States regarding errors in the information provided by such systems. In this chapter, we will take the example of eBay’s Feedback Forum to review the potential legal liabilities facing the operators of online reputation systems. In particular, the applicability of the Canadian law of negligent misrepresentation and of defamation will be covered. Similar issues may be expected to arise in the other common law jurisdictions

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