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OIPC: GPS Tracking of Employees Is OK

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY

August 30, 2013

BC’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) has ruled that two elevator companies in the province can continue to use GPS technology to keep tabs on their employees, The Canadian Press reports. The employees had filed complaints that the practice violated their privacy. The OIPC did rule, however, that one of the companies must temporarily suspend the practice until it provides better notice to workers about data collection and use. One privacy advocate says the case indicates the need for new discussions about tracking given advances in technology since legislation on the matter was crafted. Meanwhile, Postmedia News suggests appropriate privacy policies can help keep employers out of trouble.
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