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Privacy Issues In The Workplace: Some Legal Implications Of Workplace Surveillance

July-1-2001

Area Employment and Labour

Summary


Methods of employee surveillance and workplace monitoring have been adopted by many employers who already use video cameras and other tools to keep watch over the workplace. However, as new technologies are developed, and the need to ensure a secure workplace increases, so have the various means by which an employer can and has reason to keep tabs on its employees. Surveillance methods which are available to the employer range from the more traditional video cameras and telephone-monitoring devices to more advanced methods such as electronic access devices and software which may be used to track electronic mail or block internet access. Regardless of how an employer intends to keep watch over its workplace  if any workplace surveillance is to be contemplated, consideration must be given to ensure that the proper balance is found between an employer’s right to manage and secure its workplace and the employee’s (albeit limited) right to privacy in the workplace.

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