GPS tracking and the law

June 15, 2020 5:14 pm

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The benefits of GPS trackers are considerable for businesses, especially those who work as Same Day Courier  Milton Keynes way and carry important parcels for a variety of different customers. However, many of these benefits also raise questions over the use of tracking for watching or monitoring employees.

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Here is some handy information on what the law says about vehicle tracking and employees.

There are laws specifically dealing with vehicle tracking systems and these come under two existing and important law tenets – the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act.

The Human Rights Act covers the privacy of an individual and makes it illegal to misuse any personal data that is obtained through vehicle tracking technology.

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Vehicle tracking in the UK is also governed by the Data Protection Act meaning all gathered data must be treated fairly and lawfully, be relevant and accurate and stored no longer than is necessary.

There are multiple benefits for businesses, but they must be aware of the rules around tracking their employees. An example of one rule is that companies may only track vehicles if the employee agrees to that tracking. In some instances this is written into an employment contract as a condition of working for a given company.