LRD Booklets February 2012

Social media, monitoring and surveillance at work - a practical guide for trade unionists

Introduction (417 words)

Surveillance and monitoring affect everyone in some way. When we shop, travel on public transport, cycle, drive or walk, visit public places and ...
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1. The extent of monitoring and surveillance at work (1,276 words)

“I feel that George Orwell would spin in his grave to see 1984 enthusiastically used as a template for my employers instead of the warning it ...
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2. Types of monitoring and surveillance (6,556 words)

Employers engage in monitoring activities in many work situations as well as holding and processing private data received from third parties. ...
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3. The key legislation covering employee monitoring and privacy (6,504 words)

This section examines the main pieces of legislation designed to protect employee privacy in the UK. These are the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), ...
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4. Social networking — the key cases (3,861 words)

In 2007, the TUC described the UK’s then 3.5 million Facebook users as “3.5 million HR accidents waiting to happen”. That ...
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5. Negotiating a workplace policy (1,980 words)

Employment advice organisation Acas has produced a guide on internet and email policies, downloadable from its website at: ...
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6. Key elements of a policy (1,380 words)

Make it absolutely clear in any policy that if an employer wants to monitor workers in any of the above ways it ...
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Further information (232 words)

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO): Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF, ICO Helpline: 01625 545745. ...
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