Infographic: Workplace surveillance


Infographic: Workplace surveillance

The role of surveillance in the workplace is a contentious one, especially with regards to privacy issues. Our infographic summarises the types of surveillance allowed in the workplace.


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As new technologies are developed to operate in the workplace the question of privacy may arise. Our infographic summarises the types of surveillance currently allowed in the workplace.

The types of surveillance and monitoring devices that might be used include:
  • optical video (camera/video)
  • tracking, e.g. Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • listening devices
  • telephone
  • computer, and
  • biometrics, particularly in respect of time and attendance (involving the use of technology to recognise people on the basis of innate physical characteristics such as fingerprints, iris pattern, DNA, handwriting or gait).

Telecommunications interception and listening devices

With respect to telephone communications, the federal Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth) prohibits listening to or recording communications passing over a telecommunications system without the consent or knowledge of the parties to the communication. Listening and surveillance devices legislation in each state generally prohibit the use of a listening device to listen to or record private conversations to which the user is not a party without the consent of all parties.

Bio- or bodily privacy 

Bio- or bodily privacy is concerned with an individual’s privacy relating to medical assessments, drug and alcohol testing, psychometric testing and genetic tests.

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