Managing Identity asked:
About Violations of Employee Privacy?

Despite the fact that most employee monitoring systems do not break any laws, they do create tension and can lead to a unreceptive work environment. The atmosphere may be considered offensive both ethically and at times even cause legal issues. There is in place the “Privacy Act” which includes primary law related to members of staff and their privacy rights. The law forbids any third parties to receive, disclose or access personal information. It tries to forbid the exchange of ideas to any outer parties without previous consent from the recipient or author. Two major exceptions exist in the law, employers have the privilege to monitor their workers conversation under the circumstances if they are taking place during the everyday business hours and adds the indirect permission on the side of employees. These laws by themselves can cause issues in situations when workers are not informed beforehand about possible monitoring. Read the rest of this entry