Feb 092018
 
 February 9, 2018  Non-U.S., Workplace

DAC Beachcroft writes:

The use of hidden cameras did violate the right to privacy of employees who were dismissed for theft, according to the European Court of Human Rights.

The facts

A Spanish supermarket, MSA, identified discrepancies between stock levels and what was supposedly being sold in store. The monthly losses ranged from around €7,500 to €24,000. As part of an investigation, it installed surveillance cameras. Some of these cameras, aimed at detecting customer theft, were pointed towards the entrances and exits of the supermarket, and were visible. Other cameras, which zoomed in on the checkout counters and covered the area behind the cash desk, were hidden. These were aimed at detecting thefts by employees. MSA gave its workers prior notice of the installation of the visible cameras. Neither the workers nor the company’s staff committee were informed of the hidden cameras.

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