Social Media Privacy

In short, it is a fiction.  Privacy does not exist on the internet. This includes on social media. Most of us would consider it creepy if someone was to be following us around, lurking in the shadows, watching – and recording, and retaining information on – our every move.  This is essentially what is happening online.  This can give rise to various concerns, for example if you have your social media page open while doing sensitive work or while doing
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What Is Administrative Law?

I am quite frequently asked this question. Administrative law is the body of law that governs administrative agencies. Administrative agencies are involved in virtually every aspect of our lives.  Examples include agencies that regulate food and drug products, securities commissions, local building and development and zoning agencies, liquor control boards, self-governing professional bodies, privacy commissioners, employment insurance, human rights tribunals and workers’ compensation boards. Administrative agencies relieve the burden on our courts.  At least in theory, they may also provide
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Is It Legal to Surreptitiously Record a Phone Call?

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Trudeau removed Ms. Wilson-Raybould and Dr. Jane Philpott from the Liberal party. The reason offered was that recording “conversations without consent” was unacceptable, and that an Attorney General recording a conversation with the Clerk of the Privy Council was “unconscionable.” Ms. Wilson-Raybould, the former Attorney General of Canada, had recorded a December, 2018 telephone call between herself and the Clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick. After being submitted to the Standing Committee on Justice
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Do Employees Have A Right to View Their Personnel Files?

Does an employee have a right to see his or her own personnel file, without first obtaining the employer’s approval? If you are an employer, and an employee demands to see his or her personnel file, must you oblige? In B.C., Alberta and federally, subject to certain exceptions, an employee is able to view his or her own personnel file. The employee need not obtain anyone’s approval to request access to his or her file. However, the employer may need
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Privacy Rights In Shared Computers

In R. v. Reeves, the Supreme Court of Canada recently considered the extent of a person’s privacy rights in a shared computer.  This was a criminal case that centered on whether the police had properly seized the shared computer. Mr. Reeves shared a home with his common law spouse. Following domestic assault charges against him, a no contact order was issued. It prohibited him from visiting the home without his spouse’s consent. When the spouse contacted Mr. Reeves’ probation officer
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