Invasion Of Privacy
The 21st century has witnessed a revolution in the way the world communicates. Computers have become integral to our lives –our work, health care, finances, shopping, entertainment and social networks all revolve around the internet. The downside of this revolution is that storing our personal information “in the Cloud” leaves us vulnerable to identity theft and exploitation by telemarketers, scammers, hackers and other criminals. These new technologies have also introduced cyber-bullying and “revenge” posting, greatly expanding the potential scope of a victim’s exposure to harm. Despite all the safeguards that are in place, breaches of our privacy are a constant worry.
In Ontario, the courts have recognized a civil right of action for “Intrusion upon Seclusion” that provides you with a remedy if your reasonable expectation of privacy concerning your personal information has been violated, as part of a large scale data security breach or a targeted attack.
In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one has been the victim of a privacy breach you may be entitled to compensation. Our legal experts can help you navigate this complex area of law and make sure you are compensated fairly.
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What to do next
Privacy claims have evolved in our courts, alongside the Criminal law, in recognition of the increased likelihood and potential severity of the consequences of these wrongful acts. Knowing what to do and the steps to take when you have been a victim of a privacy breach can have a huge impact on your recovery and your claim for compensation. The following actions need to be taken as soon as possible:
- Write down the circumstances of the incident in as much detail as you can. Depending on the nature of the breach, the evidence may be erased, so capture any online data and save it securely
- Let your family doctor know that you have been a victim of a privacy breach, if it impacts your physical and/or psychological health. Report all your symptoms
- Consult a personal injury lawyer with expertise in privacy breach lawsuits. You need to understand your rights and obligations
- Be prepared to report the incident’s impact on your health to your employer or school, and if you have disability insurance available, to inform that insurance company
- Keep receipts of all out-of-pocket expenses
If you require assistance from your family, make sure they keep a record of dates and times they have spent caring for you, and their out-of-pocket expenses.
COMPENSATION SOURCES IN ONTARIO
At Campisi LLP, our expert lawyers will fight to ensure you receive fair compensation. Currently, the damages for an Intrusion upon Seclusion lawsuit have been “soft-capped” by the Ontario Court of Appeal (in 2012) at a modest $20,000. However, since that time, other claims have been advanced that greatly exceed this amount, by pairing the privacy claim with other related civil wrongs including Breach of Confidence and Intentional Infliction of Mental Distress. In addition, claims for aggravated and punitive damages have been successfully argued. We understand the complexities of this emerging area of law and will be with you every step of the way.
The general limitation for making a claim is 2 years from the time you knew or ought to have known you had a claim. There are exceptions to this rule, so you should speak to our lawyers promptly following the incident to make sure you file your case within the statutory time limits.
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