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Ontario Court Says No Expectation Of Privacy in Data On Work Computer

All About Information reports that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled that a teacher had no expectation of privacy in information stored on his work laptop.

3 Comments

  1. Stephen van Egmond says:

    Consultant
    Rightly so.

  2. Christopher Mercer says:

    Sr. Consultant
    Agreed! There is and should not be any expecation of privacy at the office or when using company supplied devices/resources. The only expectation is that your employer would protect your data as much as it protects its own, where it is within the use of the law.

    Consider this. I’d expect an employer to protect my banking info when I access my account online via their systems or any personal records I may store on their systems. However, if those systems were in use for illegal purposes then I’d have no expectation that I’d have protection.

  3. Crosbie Fitch says:

    But, there is a right to privacy for loaned property in one’s possession
    But, there is a right to privacy for loaned property in one’s possession.

    If I possess a briefcase supplied on loan by my employer, this gives them no right of access to its contents simply because the case belongs to them. However, if I return it to my employer for refurbishment, then I should expect that they will need to access its interior to make repairs. If I’ve have returned it locked by mistake, possibly with personal documents inside, then they should at least check with me whether they may use their master key.

    In the case of a laptop, it needs to be established whether it is on loan for personal use (whether for business or not), or whether it is portable office equipment requiring continuous joint access by employee and employer.

    Simply because a securable device belongs to another doesn’t prevent the possessor having a right to privacy (wrt device contents) whilst the device is in their exclusive possession.