14 Jun, 2023 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

Digital surveillance under Swiss law

14 Jun, 2023 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

With the development of technology, employees can now be subject to almost absolute and permanent control. Video surveillance, GPS, Internet, spyware ... how far is the employer entitled to monitor them?

Surveillance of employees in the workplace can be a source of anxiety and stress, and can be detrimental to their personality. It can also run counter to the employer's duty to protect the personality and health of employees.

This article covers the following topics

  • protecting the personality and health of employees
  • employee surveillance and damage to health
  • setting up a monitoring procedure
  • guide from the Federal Data Protection Commissioner
  • obligation to inform employees
  • practical conditions for implementing surveillance
  • objective reasons for surveillance
  • monitoring worker behavior
  • anonymous and nominative monitoring of Internet use
  • retention or destruction of data collected
  • criminal penalties for breaches of employee obligations
  • violation of employee obligations, warning and dismissal 

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