Comments are closed. Amendment to code removes need for policeOn 16 Jul 2002 in Police, Personnel Today Companies will no longer have to involve the police if they want to covertlymonitor employees, under the latest data protection draft monitoring codepublished last week. The Information Commission’s previous draft stated that employers would needto involve police in all covert monitoring, but its latest version of the codepublished on its website gives organisations much more freedom on the issue. Under the new draft organisations only have to inform the police whencovertly monitoring staff in areas they have “a high expectation ofprivacy”, such as toilets or individuals’ offices. The commission has also introduced a requirement for employers to carry outan ‘impact assessment’ before any staff monitoring to determine if it isnecessary and how it should be carried out. The CBI believes the code still does not give employers enough rights whencovert monitoring. Legal adviser at the CBI Susannah Haan said: “Is a glass wall a privateoffice? Even a private office is part of the business.” David Smith, assistant commissioner at the Information Commission, said thechanges to the draft followed concerns highlighted by employers on the issue. “Members at the consultation said even for serious criminal offencesthey may want to deal with them internally,” he said. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.