Employees and Their Data Protection Rights-a Growing Problem?

Hello again.​​​​​​​

The whole issue of peoples’ „privacy rights” has been in the news in the last few years with many complaints about Facebook and Google gathering too much information about users.

This issue is likely to become more prominent with the growth of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

Well there are 8 rules of data protection in Ireland.

You can read these 8 rules here but for now you need to keep this in mind:

Individuals in any organisation are entitled to know

1.    Who is gathering the data?

2.    What use will the data be put to?

3.    Who will the data be disclosed to?

I recently took a call from an employee whose employer was particularly enthusiastic about what was going on in the retail shop.

It raised an interesting question because the employer had not only installed cctv cameras at the tills but had also installed microphones. This resulted in any conversations between staff and customers being picked up.

Now you can imagine yourself what sort of gossip was being recorded.

But on a more serious note, were the data protection rights of the employee being infringed? What about the the individual customers?

Should they have been warned that their conversations may be recorded?

Another issue which arises is when there is a dispute between employer and employee, perhaps a dismissal, too.

A handy way for the employee to get all records, data etc on him/her is to make a data protection request. It must be complied with in full within a certain period of time.

Take a look at the 8 rules of data protection here.

Till the next time.

Kind Regards
Terry Gorry

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