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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
Presentation on Emails and Privacy in the Workplace – May 7, 2015 (French)
You can view my presentation on emails and privacy from an employer-employee perspective (French). This presentation was made at the “Courriel Express. Après-midi d’étude interdisciplinaire” (Email and interdisciplinary study) event taking place on May 7th 2015, and organized by Vincent Gautrais and Marie Demoulin (teachers at the ÉBSI) in the context of the LCCJTI.ca project of the University of Montreal. 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
More on cyber issues and pornography
Every day, I read a newspaper or online article about a revenge porn incident, or about another country considering new legislation to address the issues of cyber-pornography and/or revenge porn. For instance, today, there was an article in a U.K. newspaper about revenge porn victim Hannah Thompson. She is demanding helpline to kill explicit online pictures […] Read more
Using fake Facebook profiles in investigations
Drama teacher fired over vintage 60s erotic movies
A drama teacher from a Montreal prestigious high school was recently fired over having participated in erotic movies… almost 50 years ago! The students of the school noticed European movies on the Internet in which she had appeared nude. The 73 year old teacher has been working at that school (contract worker) for 15 years, and claims […] Read more
Defamation on social media during election campaign: Rankin decision
In Rankin c. Rankin, 2014 QCCQ 8981, which came out a few days ago, a plaintiff was awarded $10,000 in compensatory damages and $3,000 in punitive damages, after defamatory comments were made about him on Facebook and in public in the context of an election campaign. The plaintiff and the defendant are cousins and both members of the Algonquin community Abitibiwinni. Several […] Read more
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