Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Finnish right to privacy?

This is a followup about something I last discussed in March 2008 - namely, the case against Susan Ruusunen, formerly Susan Kuronen, who was hauled into court after publishing a tell-all book about her former boyfriend, Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen. (You'll recall that Vanhanen dumped then-Kuronen via text message, which may be the thing for the younger crowd, but is not often seen in older people.)

Here's the update, again from Finland for Thought:

A woman writes an autobiography about her life which happens to include dating our Prime Minister. Finland’s PM makes an ass out of himself after their breakup and decides to get his revenge by taking her to court. The lower courts rule in her favor, but he’s wealthy and powerful so he decides to appeal to the upper courts, and wins...

So, if my publisher's reading this, I think we're going to have to put that "tuna fish pizza" book on hold.

More information on the Ruusunen case is here. Thankfully, it's in English.

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