The “Jimmy” Interview:
The Importance of “Good Facts”
Although such cases are extremely rare, if one did arise, we wanted to make sure researchers, REBs, universities, and granting agencies all know what it means to defend confidentiality to the extent permissible in law. Thanks in no small part to Chris Bruckert of the University of Ottawa and Jim Turk of CAUT, the “Jimmy” interview turned out to exemplify how to use common law to defend research confidentiality.
Ted Palys is a professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. His areas of research and teaching include research methods and the sociology of knowledge; relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada and internationally; and the ethics and law of research confidentiality. He lives in Vancouver.
John Lowman is a professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He studies prostitution, prostitution law, and prostitution law enforcement in Canada. Since 1997 he has written with Ted Palys extensively about the ethics and law of research confidentiality. He lives in Vancouver.