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Covert surveillance

In a recent case, it was held that the covert surveillance of employees by their employer, who set up CCTV cameras to monitor suspected thefts, was an infringement of those employee’s rights to privacy. Employers looking to monitor the conduct of their employees – particularly those using covert recording – should consider their actions carefully, particularly in light of the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which becomes law on 25 May 2018.

Employers who use video surveillance should ensure that they have a policy in place setting out:

  • What CCTV monitoring takes place;
  • The reasons why it has been deployed;
  • How the recordings are used.