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Landmark tort creation worries some

Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Ontario Superior Court’s recent creation of a sweeping U.S-style privacy invasion tort does more than provide civil recourse for people whose intimate images are disseminated without their consent — it also provides new redress for those whose “private lives” are publicized without permission when it “would be highly offensive to a reasonable person and is not of legitimate concern to the public.”

The novel “public disclosure of private facts” cause of action Justice David Stinson devised last month in his judgment goes far beyond the...