Law

Sep 17, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

There is no clear universally accepted definition or law of privacy in Canada.  As a result, the courts have generally taken the view that a free-standing right to privacy does not in fact exist. For journalists, this has often created confusion about what newsgathering techniques are acceptable, writes J-Source’s law editor Thomas Rose.

Jun 17, 2009 - Posted by Regan Ray
Digital RecorderThe court battle to make Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt’s unguarded comments public suggests how far a journalist can go to get a story without breaching privacy law, writes Dean Jobb.
Jan 15, 2009 - Posted by Dean Jobb
Feature
After going incognito for her Maid for a Month series, Jan Wong faces a deceit and invasion of privacy suit. So, asks Carolyn Morris in this feature in the Ryerson Review of Journalism, does undercover journalism need to clean up its act? (Posted January 13, 2009)
Oct 08, 2008 - Posted by Dean Jobb
A Toronto family's lawsuit against The Globe and Mail and former reporter Jan Wong for invasion of privacy threatens to strengthen Canada’s privacy laws and, writes J-Source law editor Dean Jobb, create new risks for those who impersonate others in pursuit of a story.
Apr 06, 2007 - Posted by Dean Jobb
News
Britain's House of Lords has refused to review a landmark ruling that has been criticized for protecting privacy at the expense of free expression -- and could restrict how journalists cover celebrities and public figures. The March 30, 2007 decision endorses a lower court's finding that a former friend of Loreena McKennitt breached the Canadian singer's privacy in a book on her private life. Read the Press Gazette report.
Dec 26, 2006 - Posted by Dean Jobb
News
The Montreal Gazette and two other Quebec media outlets won access in December 2006 to the financial information of a businessman at the centre of a major lawsuit. The Gazette's Mike King reports.
Dec 21, 2006 - Posted by Dean Jobb
Commentary
Do Canada's privacy laws prevent the unauthorized use of celebrities' names and images? The law is unclear, but lawyer and journalist Mitchell Flagg argues in this commentary that Canada's courts should reject the American approach and deny celebrities a monopoly over how they are depicted in public.
Dec 21, 2006 - Posted by Dean Jobb
Analysis
Quebec has some of the strongest privacy laws in the western world. CBC lawyer Marie-Philippe Bouchard examines two court rulings that punished Quebec media outlets for publishing photographs of individuals.
Dec 21, 2006 - Posted by Dean Jobb
Analysis
Vancouver lawyer Daniel Burnett reviews the law in four provinces with statutes that protect personal privacy.
Dec 13, 1901 - Posted by Patricia Elliott
The iconic photographs that help define history could be under threat from a new British privacy law, a media lawyer warns. Full report.
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