The company argued the employee had no such rights — its computer use policy stated that anything done on workplace computers could be monitored. The judge ruled the employee had a “reasonable expectation of privacy,” because the policy didn’t mention that e-mails sent using a personal account would be saved to her hard drive (Cite: ).
However, it is important to remember that not all personal information is covered and there are ‘exemptions’ within the Act which may allow an organisation to refuse to comply with your subject access request in certain circumstances.
In many businesses, employees are mobile — they work at customers' sites, they go out in the field to procure materials or solicit new clients, and they're expected to be on call nights and weekends.
If your company is considering whether to provide employees with mobile phones or reimburse them for all or part of their personal cell phone expenses, you'll want to consider the cost of each option.
Rules for workers may be legally required, but various optional workplace rules should be considered as well.
Carefully selected workplace rules can protect your business from legal claims and help you maintain an orderly, positive work environment.