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Is it even legal?

GPS vehicle tracking is becoming more common in work place. Over the last few years the costs involved with installing GPS tracking devices in work vehicles has decreased, allowing some medium business owners to begin tracking their employees.

However, while using GPS technology to track the movements of employees may sound like a good idea, it not without risk to business owner.

In NSW, if the surveillance of work vehicles is not compliant with the Workplace Surveillance Act, it is considered as ‘covert surveillance’ (“the act”) and illegal unless it is authorised by Magistrate. Furthermore, any evidence that have been collected by using covert surveillance will not be able to be used in any subsequent proceeding. For example, it is not valuable to defend an unfair dismissal claim.

According to Turnbull Hill Lawyers, if the owner wants to be compliant with the Act, surveillance via GPS tracking must not be used before giving the prior notice to each of the affected employees, which must be given as least 14 days before surveillance.

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The disadvantages of using GPS tracking in work vehicles.

Many people consider the act of tracking vehicles to be an invasion of privacy. When many businesses started using GPS tracking, employees become angry and stated that they felt like the company no longer trusted them. Some of them felt that by tracking where they travelled for work, the company was kind of questioning their loyalty. Many employees also felt that it was an invasion of their rights. Honestly, if I am working with a vehicle that has GPS tracking, I must be really productive and efficient, but I will not be working in this company for too time no matter how much wage they give me, because I hate being watched or tracked while I’m doing my job.

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