Judge laughs in the face of your internet anonymity

Tough to type anonIf a tree falls in the forest can anyone hear it? Can you lose in court if you are not there and no one knows who you are? The answer to the second question at least is now a definitive yes, thanks to a court decision from a few weeks ago (ok ok almost a month ago, I’ve been busy) in Ontario. Let’s dive in anonymously. Who said that?

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Happy new year!

And belated Happy Holidays I guess? I was so busy writing actual posts over the holidays I forgot to post my annual holiday card. Though the theme this year is about the new year so it kind of makes sense to post it in the new year, right? Let’s go with that.

I just don’t like to end a year (or start one I guess) without thanking my readers (Steve and mom) and predicting, like I do every year, that I am sure this internet thingy will take off in 2020.

To 2020! To the internet!

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Who wants to read an 87-page privacy report from this guy on the holidays?

Me I guess?

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Site blocking! Reverse class actions! It’s the internet and copyright law jurisprudence last two weeks in review

mmm, dusty

Oh, hai! Two very important things happened in Canada’s Federal Court over the last two weeks. Sure everyone is talking about only one of them, but I am a completist so I will talk about both of them. But one more than the other. Because the people demand it.

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The Right to Be Forgotten is stuck in Europe, unable to find a flight across the Atlantic

Have you forgotten about Simple Minds?

Hey, I have now hit double figures in the number of posts about the right to be forgotten! That might be a record around here. I’m too lazy to check. But a case from the past week has got me writing, so it must be important? Let’s find out!

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Let’s talk about… elections? Sure why not.

[/checks date of last post] Oh hello. You probably thought I was dead. I am not! I was celebrating my annual “dark” period where I get writer’s block and / or lazy. But I was recently called out on Twitter for my silence, and I realized my many two fans needed to hear from me. Not only do you get words of wisdom written down, you get words spoken out loud, with me talking out of my ass (my favourite way to speak) in that clip up there. Lemme explain.

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Regulators are sick and tired of Facebook’s crap

Irony can be pretty ironic

Mmm, that’s good irony

I first used that image up there on this little legal blog back in 2011. It’s incredible how still useful it is. My Facebook tag of posts is pretty much the biggest font in that tag cloud somewhere over there on the right. But the last week has really been bad for Facebook. Even Canada is pissed! Oh wait, Facebook’s stock jumped 4% after a very good earnings quarter. Maybe not such a bad week after all.

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Posted in: Privacy, Regulatory regime in Canada
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This is… an editorial? A thought piece? Commentary? Anyway it’s some words about the Right to be Forgotten

Have you forgotten about Simple Minds?

Hello! Let’s try something new today – me talking out of my ass. Shut up, my other posts are not me talking out of my ass. They are a combination of me recapping an important court decision or newsworthy item AND me talking out of my ass. This post will just be that second part. Fun! But there is some context, lemme explain.

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