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Public Facebook Profiles Not Equivalent to Public Information Under PIPEDA
In its most recent report of findings entitled “Company’s re-use of millions of Canadian Facebook user profiles violated privacy law,” the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (the “OPC”) dealt with the often confusing issue of personal information that is publicly available and confirmed its view that Facebook profiles that are set to public are not considered “publicly […] Read more
Facebook defamation case awards significant damages
My partner David A. Crerar published a short piece on the recent case of Pritchard v. Van Nes. He explains how Facebook users who angrily vent to online friends may think that they live in a magic bubble free of liability for defamation but that intsead, given the ease and encouragement of sharing on Facebook […] Read more
Forty hours on privacy
I will be teaching, for a fourth consecutive year, DRT-6929E-A, a privacy law course at the University of Montreal Law Faculty. The class is offered to Masters degree students and takes place every Monday from 4 to 7pm, January 11 to April 11, 2016. I have been teaching since 2009 (e-commerce law from 2009 – […] Read more
How “Private” are Facebook Profiles?
I recently published a blog post on the topic of Is taking someone’s picture in public breaching their privacy? I have since received many questions pertaining to whether using or publishing someone’s Facebook profile information could be considered as breaching their privacy. Facebook users post information and pictures about themselves and their loved ones as […] Read more
Entrée en vigueur de la loi C-13
Auteure: Catherine Paquin-Veillette, Étudiante au cours de DRT6929E Le 9 mars 2015 entrait en vigueur la Loi C-13 intitulée Loi modifiant le Code criminel, la Loi sur la preuve au Canada, la Loi sur la concurrence et la Loi sur l’entraide juridique en matière criminelle. Le gouvernement a tout d’abord introduit cette loi avec le […] Read more
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Forty hours on privacy
I will be teaching, for a third consecutive year, DRT-6929E-A, a privacy law course at the University of Montreal Law Faculty. The class is offered to Masters degree students and takes place every Monday from 4 to 7pm, January 12 to April 13, 2015. I have been teaching since 2009 (e-commerce law from 2009 – […] Read more
Ghomeshi: not just an employee, also a public figure
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (“CBC”) fired Jian Ghomeshi after receiving certain information precluding CBC from continuing to employ him. Ghomeshi then turned to his personal Facebook page to issue a statement claiming he was fired due to fears of a scandal resulting from his sexual behaviour. He also claims that his private life is nobody’s business and […] Read more
Using fake Facebook profiles in investigations
Should Facebook access your health information?
A recent article reports that Facebook is considering its first steps into the field of health care: it is exploring creating online support communities that would connect Facebook users suffering from various diseases or chronic ailments. Facebook would also be exploring new “preventative care” apps that would help users improve their lifestyles. Interesting benefits One one hand, without any doubt, there could […] Read more
Facebook user mood experiment: unethical and also illegal?
Last summer, it was revealed that Facebook had manipulated its users’ feeds to run a psychological experiment. A report titled “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks” was published, which disclosed that in 2012, Facebook manipulated the news feeds of 689,003 users to see if the emotion they picked up through the content on […] Read more