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European privacy authorities explain privacy and monitoring at work

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), an official EU institution to promote the uniform application of privacy laws in the EU, composed of representatives of each national privacy authority and the EU institutions, have published an opinion about privacy and monitoring in the workplace under the General Data Protection Regulation. In our latest fact sheet we explain the ramificactions for employee privacy and monitoring of the new privacy law that will enter into force on May the 28th, 2018.

In our fact sheet you will find:

  • 1 | What does privacy at work mean, and why is it important now?
  • 2 | What kind of personal data does an employer process?
  • 3 | How to determine what processing of which personal data is permitted?
  • 4 | What is a proportionality test, and a privacy impact assessment (PIA)?
  • 5 | Which processing and monitoring of personal data is not permitted?
  • 6 | What should employers do to ensure privacy at work?
  • 7 | What security measures are necessary to protect personal data?
  • 8 | What information is the employer required to provide employees?
  • 9 | What can an employer do with information obtained through monitoring?
  • 10 | Some practical examples of privacy and monitoring in the workplace
  • Social media and recruiting new staff
  • Camera surveillance at work
  • Biometric data processing
  • Tracking of the means of transport used by the employee
  • Working from home and other forms of remote working

Read and download our fact sheet Privacy and monitoring at work under the GDPR

Matthijs van Bergen

Senior legal adviser
Matthijs van Bergen is senior legal advisor at Legal ICT. Matthijs is specialist in (international) ICT-contract law and has substantial knowledge about internet, net neutrality, broad band in remote regions, privacy, information security and freedom of speech.  

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