Employee Privacy: The Need for Comprehensive Protection

Saskatchewan Law Review, Vol. 66(2), p. 383, 2003

37 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2005 Last revised: 7 Oct 2013

Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

Society has begun to pay more attention to privacy. This is especially true in the context of the employment relationship, where a power imbalance creates a greater need for privacy protection. Although some steps have been taken, Canadian lawmakers have fallen short in their efforts to safeguard the privacy of all employees. Employees are presently protected by a piecemeal scheme of legislative, common law and market-based mechanisms, which leaves a substantial gap in the Canadian privacy framework. The only tenable solution is for each province to enact laws that address privacy in the employment context, using recently enacted federal legislation as a template.

Keywords: Privacy, employee, employees, Canada, PIPEDA, personal information privacy

Suggested Citation

de Beer, Jeremy, Employee Privacy: The Need for Comprehensive Protection (2003). Saskatchewan Law Review, Vol. 66(2), p. 383, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=754187

Jeremy De Beer (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

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