López Ribalda Case: A review of the Case Law of the Constitutional Court on video surveillance?
Again, a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) causes major controversy about the constantly questioned and difficult balance between the employer’s right to monitor and surveil the activity of its employees and the latter’s right to the protection of their privacy (privacy and personal data).
The judgment delivered by the ECHR on January 9, 2018 (López Ribalda Case) has raised once again the permanent uncertainties faced by employers in relation to the use of video surveillance systems to monitor their employees’ activity.
The scenario analyzed referred to the installation by a supermarket of hidden cameras to monitor its cashiers, for the purpose of investigating certain discrepancies which had been noticed between the goods stored and the actual sales, which were causing economic losses for the supermarket.
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