Electronic surveillance in the workplace
Workplace surveillance may be used to improve employee safety, provide better quality training and performance feedback, and to monitor productivity.
In Western Australia, the use of any device which can listen, track or visually record information is regulated by the Surveillance Devices Act 1988 (SD ACT). Common surveillance devices used in workplace include security cameras, closed circuit televisions and telephone and computer monitoring.
The SD Act does not prevent employers from using these devices in the workplace as long as they are not recording a private conversation or private activity. To avoid breaching the SD Act, it is recommended that employers notify their employees where such devices are used in the workplace.
Employers who monitor internet and email usage should ensure their employees have a clear understanding of policies regarding both use and monitoring. It is recommended employers first consider whether it’s beneficial for their workplace to use surveillance devices and seek legal advice as to the practical implications.
More information can be found in the Electronic Surveillance fact sheet [PDF, 1.85MB] produced by Wageline