Tag Archives: invasion of privacy

Roman à clef, not quite

One way–in days gone by, when the West at least was less free–for authors to satirize the Great and the Good was for them to employ the roman à clef, or ‘novel with a key’. The actual phrase was coined by leading French author Madeleine de Scudéry, who used the technique to do just that: […]

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – Sexting and the St Kilda football team

Sorry I haven’t been about much. It’s been nuts, literally. But I thought I’d write about the furore which has arisen in Melbourne after a 17-year-old girl posted photos of nude AFL players from St Kilda football club in retaliation for alleged ill treatment at the hands of various players. The Age reported yesterday: St […]

Tyler Clementi, privacy and the law

[Cross posted at Fortnightly Review, the online journal founded by IPRIA and the CMCL at the University of Melbourne. Thanks to Megan Richardson and Vicki Huang for helpful comments.] Many of the problems for privacy which were identified in the 1980s are now enlarged, or altered, by the development of the Internet. The speed, power, […]

Mixed messages

There are a lot of mixed messages in our society (for example, those surrounding young girls growing up these days). Something that has struck me forcefully in recent days, however, is that the press have been sending out very mixed messages about gay and lesbian people in our society. The first story to break was […]

Privacy and WAGS

I have to say that I never really understood where the acronym WAG came from – I had to look it up on Wikipedia, and I found that it originated as a descriptor of the Wives And Girlfriends of the 2006 English World Cup soccer club. Anyway, I’ve noted that our press has started referring […]

Social networking technology and employers

Deckard: Replicants are like any other machine. They’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my problem. Bladerunner, 1982 Very much the same thing could be said about social networking technology as about replicants. The technology can have both positive and negative ramifications. A few times over the last week, […]

Anonymous no more…

I can’t believe there is a case called The Author of A Blog v Times Newspapers Limited [2009] EWHC 1358 (QB). But there is. “The Author of A Blog” cited as the claimant was the pseudonymous author of a blog known as “Night Jack”. He was a police officer whose blog provided an inside view […]

A tort of invasion of privacy for Australia?

I only started properly paying attention to the ‘Pauline Hanson pictures’ scandal after reading Iain Hall’s post on whether or not the pictures do actually depict Hanson. I should add that I’m linking to Iain’s post in large part because he’s been careful to crop the image and do a proper analysis ‘for the purposes […]