Privacy in the Workplace – Whose Right is it Anyway?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 5 November 2019
Laura Feely
A&L Goodbody
Issues covered:

Do employees have the right to privacy in the workplace?

Employees do not lose their right to privacy as soon as they walk through the doors of their workplace. Employees have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" in the workplace. An employee's right to privacy must be balanced against the rights of the employer to run their business and protect the interests of the company.

What are the sources of workplace privacy law?

There is no specific legislation dealing with the right to privacy in the workplace. General legal principles are set down in:

(1)   the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR)

(2)   Article 8 of the European

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Laura Feely
A&L Goodbody

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