The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that the installation of CCTV cameras in university lecture halls where a professor worked violated his right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights, People Management reports. The case was brought by two professors at the University of Montenegro, where cameras were placed in auditoriums, university amphitheaters, and near the dean's office. The school argued the cameras were there to ensure safety and that the collected data would only be stored for one year. In a 4-3 vote, the ECHR ruled in favor of the professors, saying the cameras infringed on their right to privacy. Simons Muirhead & Burton Partner Makbool Javaid said the case doesn't make workplace surveillance illegal, but it broadens the scope of what employees could consider privacy infringing, particularly in workplace "interaction" zones.
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