Is Big Brother allowed to be watching at work?

Monitoring email, blogs and Internet usage by employers raises questions about expectations of privacy at work
By Tina Giesbrecht and Toni Eckes
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/17/2011

Courts and adjudicators have recognized that employers have a legitimate interest in monitoring the workplace for productivity, security and protection of business interests. But there is a balance between the employer’s right to know about employees’ computer use and to manage the workplace and employee privacy rights in a work environment that is continually evolving and adapting to new forms of technology and electronic communications.