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Dickson Concerned About Photo-Sharing Policy

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY

November 22, 2013

The StarPhoenix reports on concerns from Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson over Saskatoon Public Schools’ “policy of sharing staff photos internally,” a practice he is recommending be stopped. The photos are used in internal e-mails and messaging as well as being displayed in yearbooks, the report states. Dickson, who began his investigation following a union complaint, wrote, “There appears to be a disconnect between the stated purpose of collecting the photographs; e.g. for use in yearbooks and identification purposes, and the stated purpose of use of the photographs with the e-mail system; e.g. for identification during crisis events.” Dickson is recommending the practice be suspended until the issues are addressed.
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