No Employer Right to Snoop But What Of Employee Rights at Work? – Paul Wragg

5 02 2016

Privacy KeyboardThe decision in Barbulescu v Romania, in the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”), has attracted much press interest.  It has been widely reported as granting employers a right to snoop on their employee’s online life.  Let us ignore the actual facts for a moment (as most newspapers have done). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Canada: Doe 464533 v ND, The Secret is out, US Privacy Torts are coming – Ryder Gilliland and Thomas Lipton

4 02 2016

Ontario_Superior_Court_of_JusticeOn 21 January 2016, in Doe 464533 v. ND (2016 ONSC 541) the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recognized, for the first time in Canada, the privacy tort of “publication of embarrassing private facts”. Read the rest of this entry »





Intrusion into physical privacy – Nicole Moreham

28 01 2016

Law of Privacy and the MediaIt is possible to breach a person’s privacy without disseminating any information about him or her?  Many theorists and judges have recognized this non-informational aspect of the privacy interest, often labelling it ‘intrusion’ or physical privacy. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy, the internet and social media – Godwin Busuttil, Gervase de Wilde and Felicity McMahon

22 01 2016

Law of Privacy and the MediaThe ascendancy of social media poses acute challenges for privacy. Internet-based services such as Facebook and Twitter can confer major advantages on users in terms of access to information, ease of communication, and opportunities for network-building. But the ordinary concomitant is a significant surrender of personal privacy.  Participation generally entails the disclosure of, and the ceding of control over, one’s personal data. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Barbulescu v Romania, Surveillance of Internet Usage in the Workplace – Kate Richmond

17 01 2016

On 12 January 2016, in the case of Barbulescu v Romania ([2016] ECHR 61) the European Court of Human Rights, by 6 votes to 1, dismissed a Romanian national’s appeal against his employer’s decision to terminate his contract for using a professional Yahoo Messenger account to send personal messages to his fiancé and brother. Read the rest of this entry »





Media injunctions: appeal against injunction refused in Weller case – Iona Millership

16 01 2016

PaparazziIn Weller and others v Associated Newspapers Limited, ([2015] EWCA Civ 1176) the Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal by Associated Newspapers Limited, publishers of the Mail Online website, against a finding of liability in the tort of misuse of private information arising from the unauthorised publication of unpixelated paparazzi photographs of Paul Weller’s children taken on a family outing, which were originally published by the Mail Online in October 2012, and an injunction preventing re-publication of the same. Read the rest of this entry »





Bosses’ right to snoop on staff emails is an invasion of privacy and ignores the way we work – Christian Fuchs

15 01 2016

KeyboardSince Edward Snowden revealed the existence of internet surveillance programmes such as XKeyScore, Prism and Tempora, there have been many discussions of digital snooping and its implications for privacy, freedom and civil rights. Read the rest of this entry »








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