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BCCA upholds single breach of privacy as cause for termination of employment: Steel v Coast Capital 2015 BCCA 127

In Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, 2013 BCSC 527, Madam Justice Ross held that an employee with over twenty years of service could be terminated for cause for accessing a confidential document for her own purposes and, in doing so, violating the protocols and policies of her employer.  We wrote about it in a previous newsletter.

Ms Steel appealed the decision, and lost again in a 2-1 split of the BC Court of Appeal

Privacy Commissioner cannot compel solicitor-client privileged records on review

In University of Calgary v. JR 2015 ABCA 118, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled that the Alberta Privacy Commissioner cannot compel a public body to produce records over which solicitor-client privilege is claimed for the purpose of assessing whether the privilege has been properly asserted.

Monitoring software on employees' computer workstations without authority: BC OIPC Investigation Report F15-01 District of Saanich

Following complaints by the Mayor of the District of Saanich that the District had installed software on his office computer that was collecting personal information without his knowledge or consent, the Bc Privacy Commissioner investigated.

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