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Workplace Surveillance and Privacy Law: Jurisdictional and Practical Consideration


Area Privacy and Data Protection


Article originally published for the Ontario Bar Association: Privacy Law Update: Current Developments and Practical Guidance Seminar, September 28, 2005

Excerpt from "Workplace Surveillance and Privacy Law: Jurisdictional and Practical Consideration":

With the introduction of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA" or "the Act"), the Federal government aimed to establish a national system of rules that would govern the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by private sector organizations. PIPEDA was enacted largely to address the public's concern that the manner in which private sector organizations collect, use and disclose customer information can pose a threat to customer privacy.  In addition to placing limits on the collection of customer information, PIPEDA has also impacted the right of some employers to collect, use and disclose information about its own employees.  This paper will examine, from a practical perspective, the manner in which PIPEDA impacts employer/employee relations, with a focus on workplace surveillance.

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