New trial for teacher over nude student pictures on school-owned computer

OTTAWA – Employees doing personal business on a company computer should have a reasonable expectation that their business is private, the Supreme Court of Canada said Friday.

And while that expectation is a limited one, it does extend to employers being unable to simply turn illegal material over to police, the top court said.

It ordered a new trial for teacher Richard Cole, who had argued his charter right to freedom from unreasonable search was violated when his school principal turned over his hard drive to police.

On the computer were pictures of a nude student that Cole had taken off another student’s computer, which he had access to as part of his job.

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