The number of requests for authorization to install surveillance cameras in work places has gone up by 38% in the first 10 months of 2014 compared to 2013, according to a study of the figures provided by the commission for the protection of privacy performed by the neutral union of independents (syndicat neuter des indépendants (SNI) on Tuesday. This trend is nothing new. Between January and October, the commission received 882 requests for authorization to install cameras in work places, 38% more than for the whole of 2013 (643 requests). An estimation based on the figures for the current year says that the number of requests is expected to have risen by 65% this year.
In 2013, these requests had already gone up by 36%.
In 2008 and 2008, there were 55 and 181 requests respectively.
The SNI expects the number of cameras to keep going up in the coming years.
“Now that workers have more rights after the adoption of the single status and the anti-harassment law, employers want to make sure employees do their jobs properly. Employers don’t want to constantly survey their employees, but have a recording as proof in case something happens”, according to the union.
These cameras are also an effective way to stop employees stealing.
Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)