common law, computer data, personal information, privacy, protection
The common law has for centuries recognized the protection of certain interests which fall under the rubric of what is commonly referred to as the right of privacy.' While these safeguards have not always satisfied the concerns of the aggrieved individual, they have and continue to afford some measure of protection. The recognition of a need for a more specific means of protecting such interests is more recent in origin, dating to the later part of the last century.
Chris Dockrill, "Computer Data Banks and Personal Information: Protection Against Negligent Disclosure" (1988) 11:2 Dal LJ 546.