European Data Protection Digest

Garante: No CCTV in the Workplace

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—ITALY

January 20, 2012

The Italian Data Protection Authority, or Garante, has ruled on the installation and use of video surveillance devices in several workplaces. The Garante ruled that an ICT private company, a public administration, a hospital and a rest home for elderly people have used CCTV and relevant data processing illicitly. The Garante has ordered the organisations to cease their use of CCTV and destroy images collected. Absent appropriate measures and guarantees to protect workers, inter alia the agreement with works councils or the authorisation by the Local Labour Office--as provided for by the Italian Data Protection Code, the CCTV Guidelines enacted by the authority and the Statute of Workers of 1970--the use of CCTV systems in workplaces is forbidden. (Garante press release in Italian.)
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