Monitoring at Work

Further Information

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.

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.

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.