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Workplace Surveillance Quiz

Can Employer Install Workplace Surveillance Cameras

SITUATION

A company installs video surveillance cameras in its parking lots in response to a rash of theft and vandalism incidents. Although employees aren’t the target, the cameras do capture some of their activities. The company posts signs at entrances warning of the cameras. Insisting that the cameras are the only feasible way to protect security, the company reassures employees that it won’t use the cameras to monitor their workplace behaviour or productivity. In fact, it doesn’t monitor the cameras at all and uses them only to investigate incidents. Even so, employees claim that the cameras are an invasion of privacy and demand their removal.

QUESTION

Does the company have the right to keep the cameras in place?

A. No, because it didn’t get employee consent to install them in the first place

B. No, because the cameras record worker activity, which is personal information

C. Yes, because it owns the property and can place ...

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