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Commissioner Advises on Workplace Privacy

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—VICTORIA

November 12, 2010

Victoria Privacy Commissioner Helen Versey yesterday released guidance to Victorian public-sector organizations about employee monitoring practices. The information sheet advises employers to be mindful of responsibilities under the Information Privacy Act when collecting employee information, conducting video surveillance and monitoring online and e-mail transactions. Versey reminds employers that video surveillance may be used in public places for safety or security, but monitoring employees beyond those purposes requires that the employer notify employees that the taping is occurring and the reasons why. "Having clear and accessible policies protects both the organization and its employees and can prevent the misuse of e-mail and the Internet," she said.
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