Finding my own voice

5 Aug

Hello?  Is anyone there?

I’m Dan Michaluk, and this is my blog.  In the last few years I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet reading other people’s blogs.  The medium is amazing and I’ve learned lots from other’s generosity in sharing their information and knowledge.  Now that I’m writing this, part of me’s wondering what I’ve been waiting for.

I am a lawyer at a firm in Toronto, Canada called Hicks Morley.  We’re the biggest management-side labour and employment law boutique in Canada, but my practice is a little anomalous for the firm because I specialize in information and privacy, which I like to define broadly as including (fascinating) subjects such as the law of confidential business information, the law of production (including e-discovery) and records management.   We also have a very strong client base in the secondary and post-secondary education sectors, and I’ve been lucky to do a significant amount of rewarding work with education sector clients.  My official bio is here, and for more about me please check out my about page.

I got inspired to do this when I had a thought at about routine e-mail surveillance but didn’t know where to publish it.  We have a client newsletter called the Hicks Information and Privacy Post.  I edit it with my good colleague Paul Broad, but its a quaterly and essentially a case law update.  I really enjoy it (and please e-mail me if you’d like to subscribe) but it’s written in my “Hicks voice.”  My thought about e-mail surveillance was the kind of thought you write in an e-mail to a colleague just so you have it down – also the kind of thought you could work into a paper by spending a lot of time on it (but that will never have significantly more value than when it was simply a thought).  So I decided I needed to start this blog.   

My plan is to make at least a couple of posts a week.  I like to scan and read a lot of information and privacy case law, so I’ll post summaries here regularly.  I’ll also try my best to post an original thought once and a while.

If it all works out as planned I’ll learn lots while making some friends and business contacts.  I hope you come back often and enjoy.

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2 Responses to “Finding my own voice”

  1. Steve August 8, 2007 at 3:41 pm #

    Dan,

    Interesting observations.

    The key considerations from my perspective, both from a legal and HR point of view, are whether particular facts create a reasonable basis for the monitoring; whether other methods that might be less intrusive are available, have been explored and would be as effective; and the extent to which the employer has made clear what privacy expectations (if any) there should be when using an employer-provided and mainly business-focussed resource.

    Steve

  2. scott August 8, 2007 at 9:55 pm #

    welcome to the blog world. Connie pointed me in your direction. Look forward to reading your thoughts.

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