Privacy law in Canada continues to grapple with that delicate balance between individual privacy and freedom of expression. The recent case Chandra v. CBC provides an interesting commentary on the quickly changing world of privacy law.
In 2012 the Ontario Court of Appeal recognized the independent privacy tort of “intrusion upon seclusion”. Prior to this the case law was unsettled with respect to whether or not one could sue for invasion of privacy as a free standing cause of action.
In the Chandra v CBC case, Chandra, a former professor at Memorial University, brought at claim against the CBC for defamation and breach of privacy. The claim arose out of a three part CBC documentary called "The Secret Life of Dr. Chandra" in which the CBC investigated and accused him for scientific fraud. CBC defended the suit on the basis of fair comment and responsible journalism.