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Is A Workplace Computer Private?

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Daniel A. Lublin is partner at Whitten & Lublin, employment and labour lawyers and he is the author of the Law of Contractors.  Reach him at Dan@canadaemploymentlawyer.com

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Most businesses, and many employees, regularly use computers in the workplace. Often, employers assume that since they own the computer, they own all the information on it.  When it comes to information put on a workplace computer by an employee, however, the answer may not be so simple.  There were two significant decisions on computer privacy in 2012. Although neither case was an employment law decision, they both have important implications for computers in the workplace.

The first case is R. v. Cole. Mr. Cole was a high school teacher who used a laptop issued by the school board.  When a technician for the board ran a routine check, ...

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