During August and September, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released some important information for organizations in respect of privacy responsibilities and how to meet them. More specifically, it has published a new privacy guide for businesses, resources to help businesses protect personal information and address breaches and helpful guidance for manufacturers of Internet of Things devices.
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.