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ICO Must Act On Big Brother Spying

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

GMB Congress In Dublin Says The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) Should Adopt Proactive Approach On Employers Who Abuse Cctv Surveillance And Data Log Systems

With Big brother surveillance by CCTV, we are monitored on average around 60 times a week or more which is now reflected in the workplace throughout the UK, GMB Congress told.

GMB Congress in Dublin today (8 June) agreed to campaign for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to adopt a proactive approach on employers who are abusing CCTV surveillance and data log systems.   GMB believe that the ICO should conduct thorough audits of all workplaces. See notes to editors for copy of the motion.

GMB Congress called on the CEC to take up the campaign to pressure the ICO to implement a more stringent and robust attitude by implementing and enforcing new legislation together with more stringent legal actions towards breeches and abuse in covert monitoring of workplace data used in any format outside of the data protection Act.

Dennis McNulty, Camden Council, speaking at Congress, said “Surveillance is designed more to monitor its workforce than used for productivity as we are led to believe. How is covert monitoring productivity related, when phone systems are now used to monitor our calls, IT computer systems to monitor what time we logged in at work, tracking systems, what time we start our vehicles and how long its parked for.’

‘It’s more about an invasion of the new silent cyber monitoring systems that have invaded the workplace and being used covertly and unscrupulously by managers throughout by deliberately ignoring the rights under the Data Protection Act.’

‘This secret security never sleeps, never eats and is constantly monitoring the ever increasing data that is introduced as new technology in the workplace. The silent invisible security guard is at the forefront of monitoring every day for every second in the workplace.’

‘For the use of all aspect of work related issues like monitoring when you take a toilet break when you go to another part of the building, who you phoned, at what time and the complete duration of the call, all the emails you ever sent even down to the second you entered a room or elevator. ‘

‘All this data and all open to abuse. ’

‘I call upon GMB to take up this campaign to pressure the Information Commissioner’s Office to implement a more stringent and robust attitude by implementing and enforcing new legislation together with more stringent legal actions towards breeches and abuse in covert monitoring of workplace data used in any format outside of the data protection Act.’

See notes to editors for a copy of the motion and the speeches.

Contact: Dennis McNulty, GMB Camden branch on 0780 3411315 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880 

Notes to editors:

1. The Motion

160.       UNLICENSED SURVEILLANCE

Congress agrees the GMB should campaign for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to adopt a proactive approach on employers who are abusing CCTV surveillance and data log systems.   We believe that the ICO should conduct thorough audits of all workplaces.

 

We all know and recognise technology is rapidly growing and expanding globally with data security at the forefront of nearly every company, organisation, local authority and government.

 

However, this rapid growth of data technology is now constantly being abused by employers, via deliberate, overt and covert monitoring, together with log in technology data, plus CCTV surveillance, used outside of licensing through the independent – Information – Commissioner’s Office aiding employers to covertly monitor its workforce without appropriate licence or regard to legislation and laws on data protection or CCTV surveillance.


We ask Congress to support this motion.

CAMDEN APEX BRANCH  London Region 

 

2. Dennis McNulty, Camden Council, moving motion 160.

Congress we are all aware of the big brother surveillance in knowing we are monitored by CCTV on average around 60 times a week or more. This is now reflected in the workplace throughout the UK  together with new technology moving at the speed of light, forever changing direction within the workplace.

Specifically, its designed more to monitor its workforce than used for productivity as we are led to believe. For example, how is covert monitoring productivity related, when phone systems are now used to monitor our calls, IT computer systems to monitor what time we logged in at work, tracking systems, what time we start our vehicles and how long its parked for, did we use it over the weekend?

Who needs keys now that we have biometrics to use our finger prints to open doors and it we don’t offer our fingerprint as a key we are threatened with the possibility of dismissal. Is that an infringement of the Human Rights Act.

However, when challenged we are told it’s to safeguard the employees like health and safety, or crime prevention and nothing to do now with productivity.

I have to agree, it’s more about an invasion of the new silent cyber monitoring systems that have invaded the workplace and being used covertly and unscrupulously by managers throughout by deliberately ignoring the rights under the Data Protection Act.

This secret security never sleeps, never eats and is constantly monitoring the ever increasing data that is introduced as new technology in the workplace. The silent invisible security guard is at the forefront of monitoring every day for every second in the workplace.

For the use of all aspect of work related issues like monitoring when you take a toilet break when you go to another part of the building, who you phoned, at what time and the complete duration of the call, all the emails you ever sent even down to the second you entered a room or elevator.

All this data and all open to abuse.

We don’t disagree with new technology as I’m sure most have up-to-date mobiles with apps and internet connectivity. It’s how we use this technology and how it’s monitored that can be worrying.

We all know technology is knowingly abused unlicensed on a daily basis by companies, organisation and local government and many more throughout the UK.

This technicality is a clear hindrance towards the workforce and clearly hinders the information Commissioner’s Office making it powerless and toothless to implement robust sanctions that are more in line with the current technology and data breeches that are happening daily within the workplace.

Colleagues this abuse cannot continue. Its why I call upon GMB to take up this campaign to pressure the Information Commissioner’s Office to implement a more stringent and robust attitude by implementing and enforcing new legislation together with more stringent legal actions towards breeches and abuse in covert monitoring of workplace data used in any format outside of the data protection Act. Unlicensed or licensed.

President I move.

 

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