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Law Will Not Prevent E-Mail Search

ONLINE PRIVACY

May 17, 2013

Provincial privacy law will not preclude a search of Oshawa City Council e-mails “in an effort to find out who leaked a confidential missive from the city manager,” Metroland Media reports. Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian has said that the information she has received so far indicates “the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act does not apply in this matter,” the report states. In an e-mail statement, Cavoukian wrote, “We will be reaching out to the City of Oshawa to offer guidance on how to deal with this issue, in a privacy-protective manner.”
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