ICO Consultations on employee data

The ICO has highlighted how change affects employers, employees and their data, particularly in relation to remote working, monitoring technologies and AI. In an effort to help “employers understand how using these technologies can impact on their workers’ privacy” the ICO have launched two consultations.

The first is relating to guidance being prepared about monitoring at work. This is intended to ba a practical guide with advice as to how employers can remain in line with data protection legislation whilst still successfully monitoring their employees. The guide will inform employers “what they need to tell their workers if they’re using monitoring technologies, and it lets workers know what their rights are under data protection law”. This consultation closes on 11 January 2023. In particular, they are looking for feedback on the ‘Impact Scoping Document’ produced after seeking views and input from relevant stakeholders back in 2021.

The second consultation is related to proposed guidance more generally on employers and employees rights in relation to data protection. It closes on 26 January 2023 and is seeking public feedback on their proposed guidance on “handling information about workers’ health”. Again input from relevant stakeholders was sought during 2021 and this draft guidance has been compiled from the responses.

We draw your attention to these consultations as you may wish to participate. It also draws attention to the growing issues in some industries relating to monitoring and employee data in general following the rise of remote working and mobile technologies; employers should ensure that policies are reviewed regularly.

Posted on 11/30/2022 by Ortolan

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