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Surveillance cameras at workplace

On May 25th, 2018 new regulations of Polish Labour Code entered into force. The amendment completely changes the rules of use the surveillance cameras in the workplace. New provisions introduce also new premises of installation and usage the monitoring as well as the timeframes of storing the records. The employer will be obliged to determine the basis of usage of monitoring.

Permissibility of monitoring

New regulations indicate, that the installation of surveillance cameras at the workplace will be possible only to ensure the safety of employees, property protection or in order to control the business secret of employer. In addition, the employer is entitled to process (i.e. store and play) the recorded videos for a period not exceeding the 3 months term counted from the day of the record of particular video. After lapse of this period, the videos shall be permanently deleted. Also, there is a limited scope of places in which the monitoring can be installed.


The use of surveillance cameras at the workplace is possible only after prior determination of purposes and rules of its use. Such purposes and rules shall be determined in collective agreement, work regulation or appropriate notice. The employer shall inform employees about surveillance cameras at least two weeks before launching them.

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