個人資料保護辦公室

Gabinete para a Protecção de Dados Pessoais

Office for Personal Data Protection

Updated:2013/12/02
Question:
When the employees are informed of the existence of a surveillance system, can they object?

Answer:
Employers may, within the scope of their legal responsibilities, run surveillance systems for the interests and operations of their enterprise. It means that, for security reasons, an enterprise may install a camera or CCTV system at its entrance. As long as the surveillance by the enterprise is in line with the law and the Principles concerning the protection of personal data in the workplaces: guidelines for employee monitoring, and its ways of surveillance are legal and reasonable, and based on the principles of respecting and ensuring the rights and interests of the data subject, then there is no reason for employees to object. However, if employees believe that their major personal interests are at stake, and their interests are more important than that of the employer in their personal data collection, they may present their views to the employer. If the parties can reach no consensus, they may seek the opinion of the Office for Personal Data Protection.

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