Intrusive Monitoring: Employee Privacy Expectations are Reasonable in Europe, Destroyed in the United States
Posted: 27 Jul 2013
Date Written: 2011
This Article examines the contrasting policy and legal frameworks relating to data privacy in the United States and the European Union, with a particular focus on workplace privacy and intrusive surveillance technologies and practices. Part II of this Article examines the U.S. perspective on modern work-related employer monitoring practices, the laws giving rise to possible employee privacy rights, and specific types of employer monitoring that may lead to actionable invasions of employee privacy rights. Part III then addresses the issue of employee privacy from the E.U. perspective, beginning with an overview of the formation of authority to protect individual privacy rights, followed by an analysis of the principal areas of protection and their application. Part IV then provides comparison and conclusions regarding the fundamental differences between the United States and the European Union in employee privacy protection.
Keywords: data privacy, workplace, surveillance
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