Tracking the law on GPS surveillance

Tracking vehicles for legitimate business purposes not a violation of employee privacy
By Adrian Jakibchuk
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 08/22/2013

There is no greater test of a parent’s trust than when they first allow their teenage child to take the car out on their own. Not only are parents left to worry about the safety of their child and the physical integrity of their vehicle, but they must also consider the potential liability of having their child share the streets with others.

Employers experience similar reservations entrusting a company vehicle to an employee, particularly where the employee is new and untested and may spend the majority of her working day with little to no supervision.

To address this issue, many employers have turned to a Global Positioning System (GPS) as a means of ensuring company vehicles are being driven safely and employees are where they should be. Deployment of a GPS in a company vehicle is not illegal, but its use is not without controversy. Some employee advocates argue it represents a breach of employee privacy rights.