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Appellate Court Sets Standard for Disclosing Anonymous Posters

ONLINE PRIVACY—CANADA

May 5, 2010

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has issued its decision on an appeal filed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and CIPPIC regarding whether Web site owners can be ordered to disclose the identities of anonymous users accused of defamation. Michael Geist reports that the court referenced factors raised by the Federal Court of Appeal in the case Sony BMG v. Doe, including that public interest must outweigh legitimate privacy interests when it comes to disclosure. The court determined the "principles are similarly applicable to defamation cases," the report states, and has established specific criteria for requests related to information on anonymous online posters.
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