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Delays to email code leaves business in the dark

The handling of employers’ rights to monitor employees’ emails has been criticised by local business leaders.

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act lays down rules about how employers' can monitor emails being sent and received by employees but the Information Commissioner is delaying publication of a code of practice which will allow employers to judge how to apply the rules. Company bosses are concerned that they could end up being sued by employees for invasion of privacy if they read emails being sent to or by their staff.

Stephanie Smye, chairman of the Eastern Branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) which represents nearly 1,000 company directors in Cambridgeshire, said:

“Employers really need this code of practice because they do not just have to comply with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. They must also be aware of the Human Rights Act, with its rules on privacy, and they must handle the interaction between these two Acts.

“Employers may well find themselves trapped in the whirlpool created by the way in which the two Acts come together. They need good guidance now, and above all they need protection against being sued by employees for invasion of privacy when they are simply monitoring emails in order to run their businesses properly.

“The Information Commissioner published a highly restrictive draft code of practice last year. She has now indicated that the full code is unlikely to appear before the end of this year. It is good that she wants to take full account of the responses to the draft but it is very bad to leave businesses without guidance for such a long time.

“The Government should act swiftly to ensure that no employer who has complied with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act can be sued while the code is still being finalised. And the code should only govern employers’ actions after it has been published.”

May 2001




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