‘Big Brother’ employee monitoring under fire

The code of practice, designed to offer guidance on the implication of the Data Protection Act to employers, has also come under fire from the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development for failing to explain data protection laws to employers in a meaningful way.

Diane Sinclair, lead advisor on public policy at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development said described the original code of practice on monitoring as ‘very unbalanced’.

‘It took a very negative approach to monitoring. All the examples were for the purpose of monitoring negative employee behaviour rather than protecting individuals,’ Sinclair said.

The CIPD is calling for a simplified, concise code on monitoring that will be easy to understand by employers, including non HR specialists.

The group has also warned employees to check to see if their company has a policy in place and make sure they understand it.

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