Without public consultation, the Canadian conservative government is introducing a new system of “security checks” that will require every public sector employee to submit to fingerprinting, credit and criminal checks, a sweeping search of Internet use, and a search of records of mental health incidents, according to the National Post. A public sector union is suing to stop it.
The lawsuit launched by the 35,000-member Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada described the new security check system as “unduly invasive” of personal privacy. A leader of the union told the National Post that, “This could be particularly worrying for long-term employees not getting along with a boss, who the government feels are out of step with its agenda, because of people they once associated with, a bad debt, or being treated for mental illness years earlier that surfaced under the new process.”
Public service union asks court to block new ‘unduly invasive’ security checks (National Post, April 20, 2015)