Can a employer install a camera in your personal space?

I work for a trucking company and they recently decided to installed cameras in there trucks. However, the problem is that the camera has audio and 2 cameras which are 360 degrees which invades my privacy while driving on the rode. You don’t know when it’s recording. The company claims they are only using the camera for road purposes only. Yet, how will I know when and where these cameras are recording?

Asked on March 7, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

So long as you have been informed of the installation of the camera, then it is legal. The only way that it would not be is if it was put in a rest room, dressing room or the like (i.e. anywhere a worker would have a reasonable expectation of privacy) but such is not the case here. As for the audio recording, in IL you need all parties to a conversation to consent to its being, however by your getting into the truck knowing that audio recording equipment is on, you are giving your implicit consent (otherwise you would not get in). Bottom line, most companies can set the conditions of employment much as they see fit, abesent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Exceptions to the foregoing would be such action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement.


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