Court ruling on snooping on emails

snooping on emails

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has backed an employee who was dismissed for sending personal messages at work. By an 11-6 majority, the judges in the Grand Chamber of the ECHR concluded that there had been a failure to protect the employee’s right to private life. Background to the case Mr Barbulescu worked […]

Can I search my employees?

Can I search my employees?

What do you do if you suspect that one of your employees has committed theft, is dealing drugs on your premises or in possession of something dangerous? You haven’t been able to catch them red-handed on CCTV footage or by looking through their work emails, so you want to search the employee, their locker and […]

CCTV monitoring at work

CCTV monitoring at work

The UK has 1% of the world’s population but 20% of all CCTV surveillance cameras. So there’s a good chance you have cameras in your workplace too. The law does allow employers to monitor employees including CCTV, but it is important to have clear rules in place and remember your obligations under the Data Protection […]

Can you monitor staff emails and phone calls?

monitoring staff emails

The law does allow employers to monitor employees’ work emails, internet use and telephone calls. But you need to take care to stay within the law. Why would I want to monitor staff? You may wish to monitor employees’ internet use, email and calls to: detect any criminal activity see if they are abusing work […]

Can you monitor your employees in the workplace?

monitoring employees

If you’re a manager or employer, do you know how far you can go with keeping an eye on the activities of your staff? The simple answer is that the law does allow you to monitor your employees, but there are certain things you need to think about, including: Ensuring compliance with the Data Protection […]

Big Brother is Watching You

We have posted before about the UK’s fondness for CCTV surveillance and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently published an updated code of practice for CCTV and other types of surveillance cameras. That article, which you can read here, triggered a number of enquiries from clients so we’re taking the opportunity to provide some further advice […]

CCTV & Surveillance Cameras

right to work checks

The UK is recognised as a leading user of CCTV and large numbers of employers use it to monitor their premises. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published an updated code of practice for CCTV and other types of surveillance cameras. The code provides guidance for those operating CCTV cameras that view or record individuals’ […]