Employee geolocation versus the GDPR
Geolocalisation is an extremely helpful tool used by many businesses. Moreover, there are industries where it is difficult to imagine doing business without the use of geolocation. However, the use of this technology may raise concerns regarding potential infringements of employees' right to privacy. The GDPR and sector-specific regulations in the EU Member States are frequently perceived as restricting business operations. Employers who geolocate employees, however, should also see the benefits of such regulations. They do impose certain restrictions, but by regulating the use of the GPS technology they also provide opportunity to protect the interests of the enterprise while protecting the privacy of employees. The appropriate application of these regulations, therefore, may be beneficial for both parties to the employment relationship.
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