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As the May long weekend approaches, it may be a good time for employers to consider reviewing or implementing social media policies. With the accessibility of social media, employees should be aware of corporate codes of conduct that apply to social media use.

A social media policy (also called a social networking policy) is a corporate code of conduct that provides ...

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Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to welcome Ryan Berger, a distinguished employment and privacy lawyer, as a partner based in Lawson Lundell’s Vancouver office.

Ryan has practiced commercial and employment litigation for over 19 years, with a growing emphasis on data, privacy and business confidentiality issues. He has significant experience advising employers in a ...

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A recent decision of the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner ("OIPC") addresses the scope of information that an unsuccessful job applicant may be able to access pursuant to privacy legislation.  The decision stems from an information request by a number of job applicants for access to records pertaining to their applications to work for Compass Group Canada ...

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Does your business or organization offer goods and services overseas? Or otherwise collect or use personal information of Europeans? If so, you may find yourself unwittingly caught by Europe's new privacy regulations.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the European Union's (EU) new privacy law and it came into force on May 25, 2018. The GDPR applies not only ...

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The federal government has set November 1, 2018 as the date the mandatory breach reporting provisions of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA") will come into effect.

The breach reporting obligation will apply to all federally regulated employers (including banks, telecommunication companies, airlines, and other ...

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Organizations often only become aware of their privacy obligations after a complaint is made to the Privacy Commissioner or a privacy breach has occurred. All British Columbia organizations should proactively ensure that their privacy policies and procedures are in compliance with the Personal Information and Protection Act (“PIPA”). PIPA applies to the ...

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On November 8, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (“OIPC”) issued an investigation report regarding the use of employee video surveillance in the workplace (the “Investigation Report”).  The Investigation Report provides important insight for employers with respect to the intersection of privacy rights and video ...

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On December 8, 2016, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for
British Columbia (the “OIPC”) issued its first ever Audit and Compliance Report
following an audit of a private sector business. In Audit and Compliance Report P16-
01‒ Over-collected and Overexposed: Surveillance and Privacy Compliance in a
Medical Clinic (the “Report”), the ...

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Long anticipated amendments to the federal private sector privacy legislation, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”), were made with the passing into law of the Digital Privacy Act in late June. 

In the employment context, PIPEDA applies to federally regulated employers (including banks, telecommunication ...

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On April 15, 2014, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (the “Privacy Commissioner”) issued a report regarding the use of police information checks in British Columbia (the “Report”). 

The main focus of the Report is the scope of information provided in police information checks. Currently police information checks ...

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