Monday, May 25, 2009

Tracking employees with GPS

Q. I recently found out that the company I am working for has been tracking us through a GPS service on our mobile phones. What bothers me is that we are supposed to always have our phones with us. This means they know where I am away from work, weekends and evenings. Any employee can log on to the Web site and know where I am. Is this legal?

A. Yes, it is probably legal.

Companies probably should not track their employees when they are not on duty, but as long as you have been made aware of your company’s policy, they are not invading your privacy under the law. It is possible that this sort of action will be illegal in the future, but for now, it is acceptable.

If you want to keep your job, your options are not good. If you take a stand, you may lose your job. If you sue your employer, you must then endure the hardship of a lawsuit just to prove you were right. (And you will probably need to find a new job as well.)

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