COMPUTER AND E-MAIL WORKPLACE SURVEILLANCE IN CANADA: THE SHIFT FROM REASONABLE EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY TO REASONABLE SURVEILLANCE
AbstractThe ubiquity of computing and Internet communications has catapulted computer and e-mail surveillance to the forefront of public attention. This attention is particularly pronounced in the workplace, where millions of computer-enabled employees who are familiar with their word processing and e-mail applications, may know little about surveillance technologies that quietly monitor their network activity or even worse, their every keystroke. This article examines the issue of computer and e-mail surveillance from a Canadian legal perspective, concluding that its legality is gradually shifting from an analysis of the target's reasonable expectation of privacy to an assessment of the reasonableness of the computer surveillance.
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