Winnipeg School Division trustee proposes revising school board smartphone search and seizure policy

The policy includes revisions aimed at clarifying when and how faculty can search student smartphones


  • Bill___A

    Privacy laws, laws concerning search and seizure, smoking,, distracted driving, drinking and driving etc. should all be national laws so that people have consistency across the country and there is no doubt what’s permissible and what isn’t. I realize that some of these are provincial jurisdictions, but there could be agreements made on what’s national policy and make it nationwide.

  • MoYeung

    “Right now, you can have, theoretically, an administrator take a phone, search the phone, search the contents of that phone,” said Wasyliw, to CBC News. “They could force a student to give up a password. All those things could happen and there’s no policy in place that would tell them that what they are doing is not right.”

    Don’t people have the right to remain silent? Illegal search and seizure? Violation of provincial and federal privacy laws?

    Clearly, this is another human rights abuse, a gross violation of Canada’s charter of rights and freedom.

  • Sledge

    Schools basically demand consent for any search as part of their “Conduct Guide”. Students and guardians are forced to sign these to attend class. Theoretically to retain your right to your device you must never use it in class.

  • Manuel Orellana

    It’s simple respect the rules put forth by the school and this will not affect you. Choose to use your phone when you’re not supposed to and be subject to this intrusion of your privacy. Kids do whatever they want, this is a great lesson