Lawsuit against US FDA raises email privacy questions

FDA whistle-blowers say agency violated their rights by extensively monitoring personal communications

Computerworld – A recent lawsuit filed against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is drawing attention to the question of whether employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy when using personal email accounts on workplace computers.

The lawsuit was filed last week by six whistle-blowers at the FDA who allege that their private emails were extensively monitored after they began complaining to lawmakers about serious irregularities in the agency’s medical device review process.  Continue reading

Canada ‘selling’ its sovereignty under proposed border deal with USA

Vancouver Sun – OTTAWA — The author of a report criticizing Canada’s anticipated trade and security agreement with the United States says Canada is “selling” its sovereignty with no guarantee of a reduction of red tape at the border for Canadian business.

On Wednesday, Gar Pardy spoke about his report for the Rideau Institute called Shared Vision or Myopia: The Politics of Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness, offering a scathing rebuke of the proposed cross-border agreement with the U.S.

The federal government says the deal, expected to be made official within weeks, will result in an increase in perimeter security and will ease trade with our neighbours to the south.

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