Your employees expect some privacy at work, but they may not the extent of their rights. Can employers monitor computer files, emails, or telephone calls? And if you maintain an online presence, should your website include a privacy statement to inform visitors how you use their information?
Financial institutions overseen by The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act are also restricted in what they can share regarding financial information gathered from customers. These institutions must post detailed privacy policies about how they share permitted information with third parties.
Employers may have the right to monitor employees to ensure they are not sending personal emails or taking personal phone calls on company time. Georgia courts view privacy under the lens of the common law. The four violations of privacy include:
If a company would be compromised by leaked information, such as a top-secret government project, it may be lawful for the business to monitor employees at work and even away from it. Business owners concerned with policy and procedure should contact our experienced local attorneys to discuss privacy at work and online.