It seems a plot line worthy of House of Cards.
The newly elected mayor of the small Vancouver Islanddistrict of Saanich decamped from city hall earlier this year, alleging spyingat the municipal headquarters.
Mayor Richard Atwell said in January that his city hall computer was bugged and set up a private email account for constituents to contact him.
To some it seemed, to say the least, unlikely in the sleepy suburb of Victoria, known more for its coastal parks than its political hijinks.
But B.C.’s privacy commissioner now says it’s true, the district had installed invasive surveillance programs on city hall computers that violated the privacy rights of employees.
“The software had been configured to record the activities of district employees, including recording and retaining screenshots of computer activity at 30 second intervals and every keystroke taken on a workstation’s keyboard, and retaining copies of every email sent or received,” says the report released Monday by theRead More »from B.C. privacy czar's report vindicates Saanich city hall spyware accusations