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CCTV in the Workplace

Posted on 22nd September 2017 by Wilson Alarm Systems Blog



Many employers make use of security systems, such as CCTV in the workplace, to not only monitor their employees but also to ensure their team members and property are safe. It is not uncommon for employers to want to monitor their employees, after all, they have a business to protect and typically want the best for each of their team members. The Data Protection Act does not prevent employers from monitoring their staff, however, privacy should also be respected.

Does The Employee Know?

It is important to note that if you are monitoring your employees, you inform them in a written contract of how such monitoring will take place. What’s more, those monitored should be aware of how long any information collected will be kept. Any monitoring carried out by CCTV cameras should be completely justified and not excessive for its cause.

Security in the Workplace

There are many ways in which an employer can monitor their staff and some ways include:

  • CCTV
  • Monitoring browser history
  • Listening/recording telephone conversations
  • Performing regular bag/coat searches
  • Email monitoring

Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) explains that under the Data Protection Act if an employer gives a specific reason for monitoring to be in place, such as theft, the footage may then not be used for another reason.

Contact Our Team

At Wilson Alarm Systems, we have been advising both individuals and businesses for many years on the most appropriate type of security systems for their requirements. If you are considering CCTV in the workplace, speak to the friendly team by calling 0116 245 3030 or head over to our online contact form.