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Bench Press 39-1: The Facebook Factor

A Nova Scotia judge has ruled that a plaintiff’s Facebook usage history data can be accessed by a lawyer defending a personal injury claim.  The lawyer was seeking the data under the disclosure of documents rule in the Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules.  The Plaintiff was alleging that her ability to concentrate was diminished by […]


Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the former Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

You Can’t Do or Say That: Constraining individual conduct in a public and commercial world

Greek triple-jumper, Voula Papachristou, was expelled from the 2012 London Olympic Games because of a disparaging and racist tweet she broadcast days before the Games. European soccer players making negative comments about officials on or off the field now face suspension. An 18-year-old Canadian junior water polo athlete received a two-year suspension from the national […]


Hilary Findlay
Hilary Findlay is an Associate Professor with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario.

The Complexities of Privacy and Social Networking Sites

Two cases, released in April 2012, from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) demonstrate the privacy challenges facing users of social networking websites. The first allegation was made by a user who alleged that Facebook was collecting, using and disclosing his personal information without his knowledge or consent (OPC #2011-006). The case […]


Melissa Luhtanen J.D.
Melissa Luhtanen J.D., is a lawyer and human rights educator at the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Employer Access to Your Social Media Life

Introduction Over the last month, the legality of requests by prospective employers to access applicants’ Facebook and other social media accounts has arisen. These accounts may reveal a more complete picture of the employee, especially what the employee really thinks, says and does outside of the workplace. (Requiring a release of actual passwords seems to […]


Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

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