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Reasonable Expectation of Privacy on Work-Issued Computers

Posted in Privacy

The Supreme Court has found that employees may have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the information contained on their work computers, at least where personal use is permitted or reasonably expected by the employer. The issue in R. v. Cole arose when a laptop used by a high school teacher, but provided by his employer, was discovered to contain child pornography and was provided to the police.

While the teacher, Mr. Cole, was found to have a reasonable expectation of privacy, the Court held that his employer’s actions did not breach his Charter rights. However, the search and seizure … Continue Reading