Media Release - Workplace Digital Privacy
7 March, 2022
(OTTAWA) Member of Parliament Michael Coteau (Liberal - Don Valley East) today launched a Canada-wide consultation to look at the issue of whether employees need protection from employer surveillance when they work at home.
“Workplace surveillance has always been an issue, it has always been part of work,” said Coteau, “but for the past two years record numbers of Canadians have been working from home and more and more employers are using sophisticated surveillance software to track their performance and even to watch them at home.”
“We need a framework that clearly limits when and how employers can monitor what you do in the privacy of your home or on your personal devices,“ said Coteau. “Employers need clear rules in terms of what is allowed, for what purpose and for how long.”
Over the next three months Coteau plans to meet with privacy experts, and representatives from industry, labour, government and non-governmental sectors, and to report on the consultations with a view to introducing a Private Member’s Bill to the House of Commons, among other measures, later this spring. Coteau also plans to host a series of public town hall consultations to hear from people who work from home.
About Michael Coteau:
Michael Coteau was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Don Valley East in 2021. Since 2003 he has represented the riding as a Member of Provincial Parliament and as a School Board Trustee. During his time in the Ontario Legislature, Michael successfully managed six Cabinet portfolios, where he modernized child-protection laws, helped launch the Ontario Basic Income Pilot Project, oversaw the successful 2015 Pan/Para-Pan Am Games and launched Anti-Racism Legislation, the first of its kind in North America. Michael is the proud recipient of the Martin Luther King Award, The Bob Marley Award, and The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. He resides in Toronto with his wife Lori and two daughters.