E-mail monitoring laws draw wide audience

Employers, unions, IT vendors and legal representatives have met for the first time to discuss the introduction of legislation in NSW governing e-mail monitoring in the workplace.

Participants agreed the proposed new laws, which will be examined by NSW Attorney General Bob Debus this month, are necessary to provide a legal framework for workplace surveillance.

However, participants also planned to prepare submissions to the NSW government to ensure the legislation finds a balance between privacy concerns and legal responsibility.

The Labor Council of NSW, Communications Law Centre and the Council for Equal Opportunity in Employment attended the roundtable conference, which Baltimore Technologies organised.

Attorney General spokeswoman Kate Wood said no legislation would be in place until the end of the year after lengthy consultation.

The proposed e-mail laws are part of a Law Reform Commission report released last month.

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