CBI calls for rethink on staff’s personal data

CBI has renewed its plea for changes to the draft code of practice on company
use of employees’ personal data.

 CBI head of legal affairs Rod Armitage said
the code could clash with existing legislation, such as the Data Protection Act
and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

CBI has called on the Data Protection Commission to allow businesses to decide the
level of monitoring necessary and wants employers to make staff aware of the
company policy on monitoring communications.

also wants businesses to be allowed to assess potential employees’ honesty by
investigating whether their job interview statements are truthful, and decide
on the period of retention of information about employees.

consultation period on the draft code ended on 5 January.


Richard Staines


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