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Commissioner Rules Employee Monitoring Was Intrusive

PRIVACY LAW—HONG KONG

February 17, 2012

Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) Allan Chiang has published an investigation report on a case involving the collection of employees' personal data by covert video recording. Two ex-employees of Hong Yip claimed that their privacy was invaded and the Personal Data Ordinance violated when the company recorded them without their knowledge. The company said the recording device was for security purposes, but the commissioner's investigation found that the device was planted to surveill employees on duty, which was highly privacy intrusive, the PCPD said in a press release. In addition, Hong Yip had not developed a privacy policy on employee monitoring or informed its employees
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