The 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.
The 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.
It 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.
The consultation period on the draft code ended on 5 January.
By Richard Staines