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Supreme Court: Employees Have Computer Privacy Rights

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

October 22, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that employees have some privacy rights over workplace computers and that computers should not be searched by law enforcement without a warrant, the Toronto Star reports. In the 6-1 ruling, the court wrote, “Computers that are reasonably used for personal purposes—whether found in the workplace or the home—contain information that is meaningful, intimate and touching on the user’s biographical core.” The author of the ruling, Justice Morris Fish, added, “Canadians may therefore reasonably expect privacy in the information contained on these computers, at least where personal use is permitted or reasonably expected.”
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