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Case Illustrates Privacy Questions

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

June 25, 2012

The Canadian Press reports on privacy concerns raised in a case where a questionable post appeared on the Facebook page “of a man whose name matches that of the primary suspect” two weeks before his coworkers were shot. “In the days following his arrest…the long-simmering debate over online privacy reached its boiling point,” the report states, referencing questions over employee privacy and content “locked down under privacy settings” on social media sites. While one legal expert suggests employers who see such posts “have a positive obligation to act…regardless of the privacy settings," privacy advocates are concerned that such an interpretation could “lead Canadians down a slippery slope,” the report states.
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