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Ontario College of Teachers protects student privacy at Supreme Court of Canada

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The Ontario College of Teachers is intervening to provide its perspective of students' privacy at Canada's highest court.

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In the appeal of a criminal case involving a teacher who was charged and acquitted in two courts with voyeurism after using a pen camera to take secret videos of his female students at school, the College is intervening at the Supreme Court to address student privacy in learning environments.

The College has a legislated responsibility to protect students and is providing all necessary background and information so that the Court can make an informed decision on the appeal.

"Schools should be safe places in which students' privacy is protected," says Michael Salvatori, OCT, CEO and Registrar, Ontario College of Teachers.

"We want to make sure that the law is clear about when students and teachers can reasonably expect privacy at school."

"Care, trust, respect, and integrity are the cornerstones of the ethical standards that guide the teaching profession," says Angela De Palma, OCT, Chair of Council, Ontario College of Teachers. "We want the Court to understand that all teachers are expected to meet and uphold these standards."

All Ontario teachers working in publicly funded primary and secondary schools must be licensed by the College.

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