Dec 27, 2019

Saskatchewan Commissioner recommends clean desk policy for lawyers

Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission (Re), 2019 CanLII 113284 (SK IPC)
The Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner faulted the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission for failing to have and maintain a clean desk policy – i.e., a policy requiring files to be put away and locked overnight – given cleaning staff had unsupervised after hours access to its office. The IPC relied on the Commission’s own policy, which encouraged but did not mandate clean desks. The matter came to the IPC’s attention after cleaning staff left two layers of doors open one night.