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Exploring Workplace Privacy Expectations

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—CANADA

November 9, 2012

In a report for MACLEANS.CA, Jesse Brown explores the implications of a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on employee privacy rights. Brown points out that Canadians can now “expect some degree of privacy when using workplace computer gear” but notes that employers can still legally check an employee’s browser history on work devices. “The court’s point,” Brown writes, “is that each case must be considered individually and that privacy is not something that Canadians automatically and completely surrender just by showing up to work.” The case is expected to be cited in many future lawsuits, he adds.
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