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Everyone has the right to a private life, even when at work. However, privacy at work is more of an issue with the availability of cheap monitoring technology, allowing employers to easily collect information about staff.
The legal right to privacy at work is protected mainly by the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998. These limit the circumstances in which employers can collect, store and analyse data about you, and the methods they may use. Workplace privacy law has been strengthened by the introduction of an EU Regulation known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in force in the UK from 25 May 2018.
The Information Commissioner's Office is the government agency responsible for privacy and data protection.
You may also find our section on Data Protection issues useful.
Download our Know Your Rights: Privacy at Work (PDF, 171KB) leaflet.