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Landmark Case Raises Issues for Employers


April 1, 2011

The ruling in what is being called a landmark privacy case involving a teacher charged with storing inappropriate material on his work-issued computer is likely to have far-reaching implications for the personal use of company equipment, The Vancouver Sun reports. The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that while school officials could access the computer, police violated Richard Cole's rights by searching it without a warrant because he had permission to use it during weekends and vacations and to store personal information on it. Questions abound now, the report states, as to "what it will mean to workers and their employers in an environment that is increasingly reliant on portable technology to do the job."
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