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Online rights at work – A UNI code of practice

About this code
Information and communication technologies are changing the way in which we keep in touch with others at work – our colleagues, our managers and also our clients and customers. Used appropriately, the exploitation of electronic facilities such as email and the internet improve work efficiency and facilitate new ways of working.

However the use of these same powerful technologies in the workplace also raises legal, ethical and managerial issues, which companies and employees’ representatives have been attempting to grapple with.

Trade unions are concerned, among other things, at the implications for individual privacy of electronic monitoring of communications. Unions also point out that commercial web browser software is being designed with filters which block employee access to trade union websites.

Employers in their turn have natural concerns that employees may take personal advantage of email and internet facilities to the detriment of their work – or that companies will be held legally responsible for the content of private emails.

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