What would your grandparents think? Privacy gone in the workplace?
“Orwell warned us in 1948 in writing 1984 that without a presumption of privacy and freedom of thought, the coming technology of surveillance had the capacity to extinguish most of what it means to be human”. As most people think, Orwell’s vision of what was to come was simply amazing and uncanny.
So wrote Iain MacWhirter in The Herald of 10th October 2013 in a fascinating article about the dangers facing us in current times where Orwell’s fears have not only been realised but exceeded. “If you haven’t done anything wrong, you have nothing to fear’, said Andrew Parker of MI5 or words to that effect. Oh yes you have.
So what about the workplace where Her Majesty’s Judges are the guardian of the standards and the controllers of what goes and what does not in the context of the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) and the Courts above?
CCTV at work.
That is now regarded as acceptable as long as the employer puts up a warning notice. The employee has no right of objection, just a right to be informed. What is thereby garnered by the surveillance is pretty much open season for potential disciplinary action. You might put it thus:- “If you haven’t done anything wrong, you have nothing to fear’.
What about the circumstance of no warning at all but clandestine CCTV? That’s ok too as long as a crime is apprehended when the CCTV is installed. So found Mr Ali when he was caught having sexual intercourse