Workplace privacy

Employment Law

Importance Of Privacy In The Workplace

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.

The world was taken aback when NSA Contract Worker Edward Snowden reveals few startling facts about the global surveillance programs conducted by the United States Government. This exposure had brought the issue of privacy into the limelight as many individuals began to question what type of surveillance the government has on them. This concern also goes up to the workplace where employees begin to question when their employer is watching them. Some employee activities such as private conversations, or certain physical spaces in the workplace, including locked desk drawers, does need privacy protection attention, but specific activities like drug use need to be under scrutiny.

Workplace privacy

Use of email and the internet

4dfgetfgIn an office setting, an employee’s activity while using the employer’s systems is hugely unprotected by the personal privacy policy. As emails are considered as the sole property of the company if they are sent using the employer system, in that case, employers usually have the right to monitor and watch employee email, no matter what. Now, many organizations have come up with unique methods to keep a check of outgoing emails from employees by copying their email messages as they pass through their system to evaluate illegal use, productivity, and other issues.

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.

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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.…