Being monitored at work: workers' rights
Email, CCTV and other monitoring
Employers must explain the amount of monitoring clearly in the staff handbook or contract. They should tell workers:
if they’re being monitored
what counts as a reasonable number of personal emails and phone calls
if personal emails and calls are not allowed
Examples of monitoring could include:
looking at which websites workers have visited
CCTV in the building
checking workers’ bags as they leave
Employers are not allowed to monitor workers everywhere (not in the toilet, for example). If they don’t respect this they could be in breach of the Data Protection Act.
Read the advice on workplace disputes or talk to Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), Citizens Advice for more advice. Workers can also contact their trade union representative.