France: Monitoring of employees via cameras: continuous monitoring in areas restricted to employees.

By Benjamine Fiedler, Sabine Patarin


The French Data Protection Authority imposed a sanction to a Company for the continuous monitoring of certain areas of the work place that can only be accessed by employees.

In a decision dated 17 July 2014 the National Commission for Data Protection and Liberties (CNIL) sanctioned a company for having implemented cameras filming continuously access to rest rooms and cloakrooms.

The CNIL was not sensitive to the arguments of the company which claimed that the cameras were justified given the high number of thefts having occurred within the company.

The CNIL decided that no specific ground could justify such an invasion of the privacy of the employees concerned.

This article is part of the Southern Europe Employment Law Update for December 2014