Can I covertly monitor staff At work?

Yes, you can covertly monitor staff at work providing certain criterias are met. As a business owner you will most definitely be bound by the rules of the Data Protection Act 1998.  The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) whose role is to enforce the act, states: Employers have a right to protect themselves, their business and its interests.
Can I covertly monitor staff at work

Do I need proof before spying on my staff?

You don’t need any proof (but) must have reasonable belief that an act of serious misconduct took place to sanction monitoring’

You suspect a member of staff is committing theft, fraud, serious malpractice including serious breaches of Health & Safety a fraud investigation could be authorised.

Great care must be taken to ensure you understand the rules stipulated by the Data Protection Act and work within them. All to often employers jump in with both feet, call a Private Investigator who doesn’t know or care what the rules are and place an employee under surveillance.

Lateo Surveillance Ltd can guide you through the process, ‘step by step’ providing the relevant information, assessments and contracts to ensure you stay the right side of the law.

Important points to note;

  • Monitoring should be taken seriously.
  • Carried out no longer than necessary.
  • Contact a qualified professional investigator for advice.
  • Ensure the relevant assessments with your investigator are conducted.
  • Ensure the relevant contract is in place with your investigator.

Your investigator should advise you regarding everyone’s responsibilities regarding the ICO.

Most importantly regardless of what ‘anyone’ states, ‘YOU’ as a business owner will assume the responsibility of Data Controller which ‘can not’ be delegated.  If you fail in your responsibility to conduct the appropriate ‘checks and balances’ in accordance with the DPA i.e. checking your investigator is legitimate and competent! ‘YOU’ will be held responsible which, could result in a huge fine.

Contact us for a completely free PDF employers guide.

For further information on Lateo Surveillance Ltd see our About us page.

Please contact us via the website contact us page, you can email direct at info@lateosurveillance.co.uk Alternatively, please call or text leaving a message and we can call you straight back : +44 (0) 797 4659 016 / +44 (0) 759 5021 683

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