Monitoring at Work

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 2018 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 was strengthened by an EU Regulation known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in May 2018.  

The UK must continue to meet all the standards set by the GDPR, despite Brexit. The European Commission will not allow UK companies to transfer data across borders or do business with companies in EU member states if UK data protection standards fall below their own. 

The Information Commissioner's Office is the government agency responsible for privacy and data protection. 

Download our Know Your Rights: Privacy at Work (PDF, 171KB) leaflet. 

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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