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Being fillmed in the workplace.

(6 Posts)
waitingtobeamummy Sun 24-Jul-11 18:56:41

I work for a council. No other offices arefilmed but our office is in a different building that is also open to the public. New security cameras have been fitted and they have pur one in the office bacause the security camera database will be there. It is aimed straight at my computer because my desk is next to the database desk. It can zoom in and see exactly what I am writing on my computer but the screen with this and the other cameras on will be in reception. I feel uncomfortable that other staff will be able to watch what I am doing and potentially zoom in on me to see if, for instance I was sending a private email to H.R
I know it makes me feel uncomfortable but is it legal?

Wecanfixit Sun 24-Jul-11 19:27:40

Jeeze that is a tricky one why not phone citizens advice bureau, smacks of Big Brother to me poor you, hope you get some answers.

sneezecakesmum Sun 24-Jul-11 20:17:06

I dont know about legal but it is quite unacceptable. Why in a private office regardless of any database desk confused

Fair enough in public access areas, but I have never heard of one zooming in on an individual. What if you were picking your nose shock Its hideous, not your nose, the whole idea. I am sure they will dismantle it. Get your union involved, you have a right to privacy (O that is the human rights act - there...it is illegal! )

ZillionChocolate Mon 25-Jul-11 08:30:39

The right to privacy is not absolute. I would ask for a meeting to discuss it, ideally with a union rep present.

TheMitfordsMaid Mon 25-Jul-11 08:34:49

You could always raise your concerns from an IT perspective, in that the camera will record your password being typed, therefore raising IT security issues. As you are not permitted to share your password, or leave it vulnerable, it is your duty to move the desk....

Gonzo33 Mon 25-Jul-11 10:59:48

The other issue is client confidentiality. How can they ensure all records are safe if someone is looking over your shoulder potentially. I think you do need to raise this.

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