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Employee privacy rights violated

B.C. privacy commissioner slams District of Saanich

B.C. Information and Privacy Commission Elizabeth Denham has told the District of Saanich to destroy all data it collected using employee monitoring software.

This was one recommendation detailed in an investigation report, which found that the District had violated employee rights as protected by B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

“The District can only collect personal information that is directly related to and necessary for the protection of IT systems and infrastructure,” said Denham. “An employee’s every keystroke and email, or screen captures of computing activities at 30-second intervals clearly exceeds that purpose and is not authorized by privacy law.”

Read the full news release and the full report. ◊