The Supreme Court of Canada has held, in The Queen v. Cole, that employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy in personal information contained on a work-issued computer when personal use of that computer is permitted or reasonably expected, even if the employer’s policy warns that they have no privacy. In the Court’s view, the employer’s policies and ownership of the computer are relevant factors in assessing an employee’s privacy interests, but not determinative. Though the court was addressing the legality of a search by police, its decision will affect how companies operating in Canada treat their employees’ information and communications on company equipment.