If you know anything about me, you know I’m a pretty big Ottawa Senators fan. Yes, even after the tumultuous year it has been. So, it’s no surprise this week that I’m taking this space to rant about the Senators because they are actually involved in an interesting privacy case.
Of course, I’m referring to the fact that an Uber driver surreptitiously recorded several players while they criticized one of their coaches. We know that the driver first contacted the Senators organization, and I can only assume that he was trying to extract something from them. A few days after informing the organization he had the video, he released it publicly, and the entire organization was embarrassed.
Uber has come out to say that what the driver did was wrong. I guess that’s a good thing, but there are other interesting privacy-related issues that arise from this story. I’ve heard some people say it isn’t really a privacy issue because the hockey players were professional athletes and therefore didn’t have any expectation of privacy when riding around in a cab. I don’t agree, but I understand the point of view, and it is another example of why working in the privacy industry is so interesting.
Another angle to the story is that most internet sites that posted the video of the players have taken it down. One notable exception is the Ottawa Citizen. The Senators organization has asked that it be taken down, but the newspaper says that the video is news. Again, the tension between privacy rights and freedom of speech is at play.
What do you think? Should the players be given the "right to be forgotten" in this instance?
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