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The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Article: Workplace privacy gets day in court 

Today's Globe and Mail Careers section has an interesting article on workplace privacy. The article begins with an introduction to the first case (PIPEDA Case Summary #114) on this topic to make it to the Federal Court of Canada.

The Globe and Mail: Workplace privacy gets day in court:

"Every time Erwin Eastmond goes to work, he is being watched.

Cameras set up around Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.'s maintenance shop in Scarborough, Ont., make it impossible for the 200 workers in the facility to avoid having their movements tracked by an array of security cameras. And that, Mr. Eastmond says, 'makes us very uneasy.'

So uneasy that Mr. Eastmond, a diesel engine electrician, lodged a complaint last year with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. It has led to a landmark federal court case over surveillance in the workplace that was argued before a justice last week.

The case has become the biggest test to date of Canada's legal protections for the privacy of Canadian workers from a proliferation of sophisticated and inexpensive monitoring technology."

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