One often overlooked component of the employee-employer relationship is the employees right of privacy. In many instances the employer may unknowingly violate the employees’ right of privacy and thereby run the risk of acting in breach of Australian law.
The instances and types of privacy breaches in the workplace will vary depending on the nature of the industry, the type of services that the employee provides and the employers’ access to personal information about the employee. Some common workplace privacy breaches include:
- Performance monitoring;
- Telephone monitoring;
- Geographical monitoring (such as the use of GPS);
- Email and Internet monitoring;
- Drug testing; and
- Genetic testing.
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