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Employee privacy at the workplace

The privacy of employers has become a great concern in recent years because of technological advancements. Most companies have started using information technology as a medium of communication, thus employee privacy might be at risk in certain circumstances. Organizations provide their employees with accounts that they can use while working at the office. Even though these accounts seem safe, there is still a chance that personal information could be leaked. Employee privacy may also be violated by the organization through surveillance, drug tests, background checks or unlawful searches.

Workers using social networks and email accounts should not expect to have privacy. There is a chance employers are screening the data being sent out through the computer to make sure employees do not waste time while on the job. An employee's internet activity might also be monitored in order to maintain professionalism and block access to websites that result in inefficiency. This type of privacy may also apply to telephones used at the workplace. The Electronics Communications Privacy Act makes sure that employers cannot monitor telephone calls made at the workplace.

The law requires all employers to notify employees about areas and locations where security cameras have been installed. It is the employee's right to know if they are under surveillance at a particular time. Companies may only use security cameras if there is a legitimate reason. However, employers are not allowed to videotape break rooms or locker rooms.

If you feel that your employer is violating your privacy, it is advisable to hire an experienced attorney. The attorney will go through your contract and the facts of your case to help you file a complaint in court.

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