there is no question that one's privacy at home is
a value to be preserved and promoted, the privacy
cannot trump the safety of all members of the household.
Charter of Rights Decisions Digest, 1999
A DIARY PRIVATE ?
the title of the article here. This account of diary-related
incidents from Russia indicates that we are not alone
in attempting to deal with privacy issues. The author
tells of how the personal diary of a student has been
taken by fellow classmates as a joke. The student,
and her parents, do not see the humour: they arrive
at school seeking consequences for this invasion.
Should the journalist reveal their source if the source
reveals that they were involved in a crime? Should
the lawyer ever breech lawyer-client confidentiality?
Should the doctor reveal to the authorities that a
patient has AIDS if that patient tells the doctor
that they will never practice safe sex? Should the
contents of an individual's diary be exposed if there
is a belief that someone's security is at risk?