López Ribalda v Spain [2018]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
    ECHR 14
  • Legal Body
    European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act, Human Rights
Issues covered: Breach of Human Rights; CCTV Use; Covert Monitoring; Data Protection

While it may be a controversial issue among staff members, workplace monitoring is a legitimate and legal method that employers can implement to protect their staff and business.  Permitted methods of surveillance include maintaining CCTV systems, monitoring internet browsing history, inspecting email traffic, listening in on telephone calls or conducting employee bag searches. 

If implemented correctly, effective systems which monitor employees' activity can help safeguard against harmful work practices and encourage higher levels of productivity within an organisation.  Employers, however, must be mindful that any such monitoring activity should be proportional to the

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This article is correct at 22/11/2019

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