In August, the Ontario government began public consultations on strengthening privacy protection in the province. The pandemic has brought home how important privacy protections are, as we live more and more of our lives virtually.
Workplace privacy is an evolving and somewhat muddy area of law. In Ontario, our key employment law statutes, the Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, are silent on the issue of privacy. Yet surveillance is ubiquitous.
February was a noteworthy month in privacy – the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada made some announcements that we should pay attention to.