Friday, July 01, 2005

Alberta Commissioner finds that local library had no authority to use keystroke logging software

The Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner has concluded that a local library did not have authority to install keylogging software on an employee's computer:

Commissioner finds that Parkland Regional Library had no authority to collect personal information using keystroke logging software:

"The Parkland Regional Library installed keystroke logging software on the computer of an information technology employee, unknown to the employee. The employee complained that this collection was not permitted under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the 'Act'), and that the collected information had not been adequately protected by the Parkland Library.

The Parkland Library relied on section 33(c) of the Act, which permits collection of information that relates directly to and is necessary for an operating program or activity of a public body. It argued that the collected information was necessary to manage the employee, based on concerns about his productivity, and his use of his working time.

The Commissioner found that the Parkland Library did not have the authority under section 33 of the Act to collect the Applicant's personal information that it collected through keystroke logging and noted that less-intrusive means were available for collecting information needed for managing the employee. However, the Commissioner did not accept the Applicant's argument that the collected information had not been adequately protected."

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