In the era of digital transformation, rising use of technology in the workplace has created new apprehension for both employers and employees for privacy. The reason for this vast invasion of privacy in the workplace is far from surprising. We all live in an inhabited area where a wide range of business operations focuses on successfully directing the juncture of data protection, privacy, and a technology-driven workplace through social media activity by employees, or advanced background checkups, and transfer of sensitive personal information.
The right to privacy in the workplace has created a wave in the professional business world lately. The use of technology in the workplace has not reduced the otherwise overburdened personnel’s work but has unknowingly exposed them to another dark world of this sphere- lack of privacy.
Use of email and the internet
Voicemail messages and phone calls
Employers use many electronic surveillance practices, such as checking employee voicemail messages, phone conversations to keep a tab on their employee and their business operations. Luckily, there are some legal restraints for it. According to the Electronics Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), there are some limitations to monitor the employee phone calls to and from their location. Under this act, employers cannot check their employee’s personal phone calls, even those made within their office premises. And if they do, they can face severe legal action.
By creating some clear rules and guidelines, a company can not only protect themselves but also protect their employees. They need to take essential steps to keep their employee’s right to privacy intact in this digital world.