Michael Power writes:
Tort law in Canada may take a new privacy-related turn if a recent press report is to be believed.
Data protection statues in Canada generally apply to organizations engaged in business activities. These statutes do not address the actions of individuals who misuse the personal information of others and, given the growth and popularity of social media, the potential for such misuse is high. It’s not easy to undo a “slip of the tongue” on Twitter or Facebook and because of this potential for individual “abuse”, interest in the case of Jones v. Tsige is high. In Jones, the Plaintiff and the Defendant worked at different branches of the same bank. The Defendant accessed the plaintiff’s banking records on 174 occasions over four years with no legitimate reason to do so.
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