Many businesses choose to monitor staff in order to verify the quality and quantity of work produced, look after their customers' interests, protect the personal information of staff, ensure compliance with work rules and standards, and comply with legal requirements.
However, you must ensure that the collection of personal information about existing staff and job applicants complies with the Data Protection Act 1998.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is responsible for promoting compliance with the Data Protection Act and best practice in handling personal information. See further details on how to comply with data protection legislation.
This guide describes the correct method of staff monitoring and explains how to handle security issues.