For as long as there has been employment, employees have been monitored. A recent study by the American Management Association found that almost 80 percent of the largest companies in the United States had engaged in some form of electronic surveillance over the previous year. The rapid growth of workplace video surveillance in Australia as a “hoary chestnut” arises from its impact on privacy and civil liberties, and the consequences that flow from its use. Publicly accessible and affordable advances in information technology and a Big Brother culture have provided us with new legal and ethical challenges. Unfortunately the law, especially in relation to Queensland workplaces, still marches behind the technological revolution.
Read more of the article by John-Paul Mould extracted from the QLS Journal and reproduced with their permission.