Kathleen Lau reports:
IT managers should heed the court ruling that found it to be a breach of privacy when police copied an employee’s hard drive without a warrant, even if child pornography was found. Why there must be a balance between corporate ownership and legal searching.
An Ontario court judgment last week, which found it intrusive when police probed a high school teacher’s work PC without a warrant, holds certain implications for IT departments that must lay down guidelines for employee use of corporate equipment.
The court ruling, related to a Northern Ontario high school teacher charged with owning child pornography, is that the police’s decision to copy the entire contents of the hard drive without a warrant infringed upon the teacher’s right to privacy.
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