GPS and Workplace Privacy
With the advent of new technologies, employers are finding more and more practices to monitor and control their workforce in ways never before imagined. One such means of monitoring is through the use of global positioning systems. An ever-increasing number of employers are considering the use of global positioning systems to track and monitor the whereabouts of their workforce. Global positioning systems can be extremely helpful especially when managing a mobile workforce. Employers of couriers, taxi drivers, and school bus drivers find the technology useful in helping to increase productivity, decrease costs, and ensure for the safety of drivers and passengers. While employers are embracing GPS technology, employees are often resistant. There is a growing tension between an employer’s right to monitor its employees as a legitimate business interest and the employee’s right to privacy. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the impact and legality of using GPS in the workplace.
Keywords: Global Positioning Systems, GPS, Workplace, Privacy
Industrial Labor Relations Department; Professional Growth Degree, Indiana University of Pennsylvania