British Columbia court lets lawsuit proceed against Proctorio whistleblower


The Court of Appeals for British Columbia rejected the claim made by whistleblower Ian Linkletter that linking to freely available materials from the remote proctoring company Proctorio was legitimate criticism. The company has a history of attacking those who criticise it and its products. Linklater, while working as Learning Technology Specialist at the University of British Columbia in 2020, issued a number of criticisms of its approach on Twitter, and linked to "unlisted" (public but not searchable) videos the company had posted on YouTube. In response, Proctorio sued him for breaching a duty of confidentiality and copyright infringement. Although the case would seem to meet the requirements under BC's new anti-SLAPP law, the lower court found against Linkletter, a decision that has now been upheld on appeal. This means the lawsuit can now proceed.


Publication: Pluralistic

Writer: Cory Doctorow

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