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      Teen’s Identity in Facebook Privacy Case to Be Kept Confidential

      Oct 10, 2012
      According to an article in CTV News, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Nova Scotia teenager who is pursuing a civil suit against individuals who bullied her on Facebook will be allowed to keep her identity – but not the details of the case – private. “Recognition of the inherent vulnerability of children has consistent and deep roots in Canadian law and results in the protection of young people’s privacy rights based on age, not the sensitivity of the particular child,” the court ruled. The Canadian Association of Journalists had argued against banning publication of the case details, saying that the court system must be kept open to the public. Anti-bullying advocates had argued for it, saying the teen should not be subjected to further humiliation and that allowing the details to be made public could keep other bullying victims from suing their tormenters. The Supreme Court said that keeping the teen’s identity secret would be enough to protect her.

      According to an article in CTV News, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Nova Scotia teenager who is pursuing a civil suit against individuals who bullied her on Facebook will be allowed to keep her identity – but not the details of the case – private. “Recognition of the inherent vulnerability of children has consistent and deep roots in Canadian law and results in the protection of young people’s privacy rights based on age, not the sensitivity of the particular child,” the court ruled. The Canadian Association of Journalists had argued against banning publication of the case details, saying that the court system must be kept open to the public. Anti-bullying advocates had argued for it, saying the teen should not be subjected to further humiliation and that allowing the details to be made public could keep other bullying victims from suing their tormenters. The Supreme Court said that keeping the teen’s identity secret would be enough to protect her.

      More: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/teen-s-identity-in-facebook-privacy-case-to-be-kept-confidential-1.973394

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