Access to employee contact info

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Access to employee contact info

Is a private company allowed to collect employee contact info without their
permission? — the private company is technically not the employer of said
employees as a third party is contracted out to handle all HR duties.

Asked on September 5, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, that is not correct. There is nothing protected about contact information--it is not social security or bank account numbers, or health information. Anyone who knows a person's contact information can pass it on to anyone else; anyone can look up or try to find contact information; anyone for or with whom an employee is working (even if not the direct employer; i.e. not a staffing agency) can require it from that employee or refuse to work with them (they can refuse to have staff whom they cannot reach if necessary); and any person can give out their contact information to anyone. 


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