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monitoring and internet policies

  • What is monitoring at work?  more...
  • How should my employer approach monitoring at work?  more...
  • Am I being monitored without my knowledge?  more...
  • Do I need to give consent for my employer to monitor me at work?  more...
  • What counts as personal information for the purposes of monitoring at work?  more...
  • Do I have a right to know what information my employer has collected through monitoring me at work?  more...
  • I'm concerned about email and web usage monitoring at my workplace. What should I do?  more...
  • How do I know if my emails are being monitored?  more...
  • Can my employer ban me from sending any non-work emails?  more...
  • What should be in a good electronic communications policy?  more...
  • My employer wants to discipline me for forwarding inappropriate emails, or for viewing unacceptable material on the web. What should I do?  more...
  • Is my boss allowed to listen to my voicemail or open my email while Iím away from work?  more...
  • Can my employer conduct covert monitoring where I work?  more...
  • Can my employer place covert cameras or microphones in private areas?  more...
  • Is my employer allowed to monitor my vehicle?  more...

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.

privacy: Know your rights leaflet

Download our Know Your Rights leaflet on privacy at work (PDF).