In February, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision involving privacy law, particularly as it relates to video recordings in public places. In R. v. Jarvis, the SCC considered whether a high-school teacher violated the Criminal Code when he used a pen camera to make recordings of female students in public places in his school. The important parts of the decision relate to the Court’s analysis of the concept of the “reasonable expectation of privacy.”
What makes Jarvis timely is the predominance of cameras now in the public realm. The Court gave thoughtful guidance to how users of these new and useful technologies (and courts and agencies across the country) should approach the privacy questions they raise.