Staff warned as bosses begin to adopt Big Brother tactics
Office staff are being urged to be vigilant amid claims that company bosses are launching covert surveillance operations to spy on them at work.
Employment lawyers are warning of a steep rise in the number of firms prepared to eavesdrop in the workplace, using a range of bugging devices and microscopic cameras.
David Christie, an Aberdeen-based solicitor with Proactive Employment Lawyers, said the area is difficult to police and the law was beginning to lag behind the new technology.
He added: "They have access to a bewildering array of eavesdropping technology. Employer surveillance has become big business and a lot of large companies are using sophisticated technology against their own people."
Human rights groups are increasingly concerned about bugging devices - which are not illegal or licensed in this country. Thousands of people in Britain are tapping into private conversations and surveillance equipment is traded legally through shops, mail-order firms and the internet.
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