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An Imperceptible Step

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Privacy

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“The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen — a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a [person’s] life.” – Justice William O. Douglas

A judge has ordered a man who claims to have suffered a brain injury in a car accident to have his computer hard drive analysed to determine his online use of Facebook.  The judge has agreed to the request of the defense in the case (the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) that it should be able to find out how much time the man, who claims he too fatigued to work after the accident, spends on Facebook between 11pm and 5am each day.   The judge has determined that the analsyis of the man’s family computer hard drive by an expert would not be a privacy issue “because the order sought is so narrow that it does not have the potential to unecessarily delve into private aspects of the plaintiff’s life.”

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  • April 14, 2009 at 4:26 am David HC Soul
    A judge has ordered a man who claims to have suffered a brain injury in a car accident to have his computer hard drive analyzed to determine his online use of Facebook.
  • April 14, 2009 at 5:32 am David HC Soul
    The judge has agreed to the request of the defense in the case (the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) that it should be able to find out how much time the man, who claims he too fatigued to work after the accident, spends on Facebook between 11pm and 5am each day (by analyzing the hard drive!)

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