January 25, 2017
A recent precedent-setting case involving online privacy has been reopened, stirring discussion about privacy on the internet as well as women’s rights. In the original ruling, the defendant was ordered to pay damages after publishing explicit online content of the plaintiff, his former girlfriend, without her consent. Senior Associate Molly Reynolds, who acts for the plaintiff in this case, was sought for comment by the Toronto Star about the implications of the overturned decision in the excerpt below:
“It takes us back to essentially square one,” said lawyer Molly Reynolds, who is part of the team representing Doe.
It could take another four years for another decision to be made.
“The plaintiff began this action not only to try and exercise her rights and protect her right to privacy but also to try to show there is a way to hold people accountable when they disclose intimate images or videos without the subject’s consent. She really wanted to give a voice to other women in this situation, that you don’t just have to be quiet and ashamed about it,” Reynolds said.
“It takes a lot of courage and a lot of fortitude to get this far and then realize how far a road it is to continue down.”
The full article can be read on the Toronto Star.