When the Ontario Court of Appeals created the new tort dubbed “intrusion upon seclusion,” privacy advocates celebrated the establishment of a new course of legal action for individuals whose private information has been stolen. At the same time, businesses took note of the law’s broad wording, which could put them at risk if they fail to protect confidential information.
Attorneys told The Lawyers Weekly that a number of personal, business and government actions could create a cause of action for individuals looking to act on the intrusion upon seclusion tort. Private investigators, employers who monitor their workers’ behavior and even parents who view their child’s online communications and personal diaries without permission may all be at risk.
However, businesses may also be a target for intrusion upon seclusion lawsuits, specifically if they misuse or “recklessly” fail to protect private information, according to the report. That may include companies that do not deploy significant paper and document shredding practices in the workplace.
“I think the case has enormous potential, and technology is going to drive this in new and greater directions because there are so many new ways of intruding upon seclusion – physical and informational and otherwise … the sky is the limit,” attorney Christopher Du Vernet told the source.
As such, businesses that are unsure of their secure information handling may want to secure the consultation of a top paper and document shredding service in Ontario.
A document destruction business can enroll businesses in an ongoing paper shredding service to ensure important documents and private information are not recklessly maintained. Similarly, a certified professional can train clients and employees on best paper shredding practices, minimizing the type of reckless document destruction practices that may leave critical information vulnerable to the general public.
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