Yearly Archives: 2017

Privacy vs. Free speech on the Internet: An update on the right to be forgotten and what is happening at home

As first published in BarTalk, August edition. On February 24, 2017 Netherland’s highest Court (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:316) found that Peter de Vries – who was brought into the spotlight five years ago when an undercover video of him soliciting a hit …

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The interplay between BC’s statutory tort of privacy and the tort of defamation

Defamation law and breach of privacy law are separate and distinct, but the two torts are occasionally brought before the courts in the same matter. An attack on an individual’s reputation can be done in a manner that also contravenes …

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Facebook’s Terms of Use does not give California Court jurisdiction over the privacy rights of British Columbians

All users of Facebook agree to its Terms of Use as part of the registration process.  When doing so, users agree to submit to California courts when litigating any claim arising, and that the laws of California will govern.  Hence, …

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What they wish they knew before publishing

Never underestimate the risks

I have defended various kinds of professionals who have found themselves on the wrong side of a defamation action.  So often, my clients had a genuine need to voice criticisms of a person or company.  Other …

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