Debunking common misconceptions around employee privacy

Some employers believe in unfettered access, others ‘paralyzed’ by laws
By Bettina Burgess
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/16/2011

There are few, if any, employers that can operate without computers. It’s equally true there are very few employers that can operate without allowing employees access to computers and all the associated accoutrements, such as email and the Internet.

Regrettably, along with such access comes abuse. There is always that one employee… or two or three. Computers have given individuals the ability to do very disturbing, damaging and sometimes illegal things at work using work equipment, and those same employees typically claim they are entitled to do so on the basis of their fundamental right to privacy.