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ECHR decision re covert CCTV monitoring of employees - López Ribalda and others v Spain (1874/13 and 8567/13) [ECHR] 17.10.19 (Unreported)

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has overturned a previous chamber decision and held, by a majority, that the Spanish courts had not failed to protect employees' privacy under Article 8(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights by upholding dismissals based on covert CCTV footage of the employees stealing from the employer. The fact that the employer had not informed the employees in advance of the existence of the cameras (which it was obliged to do under Spanish data protection law) was not determinative of whether the intrusion on their Article 8 rights was proportionate. It was merely one factor to be taken into account.

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Category: Human Rights » Data protection; Employment; Privacy; Private and family life. Keyword(s): CCTV. Area(s) of law: Employment; Public Sector; Technology and Information; DP & Cybersecurity.

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