Does a employer have the right to put a GPS in your personal car?

UPDATED: Dec 16, 2011

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Does a employer have the right to put a GPS in your personal car?

Employer wants to put a GPS in my personal car to baby sit me even though my sales numbers are through the roof.

Asked on December 16, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

There is no hard and fast rule here in most states.

First of all, employees typically have no expectation of privacy in the workplace (or extended workplace as in this case). Generally, if an employee is providing transportation for themselves in their own vehicle and uses it for both business and personal use, they will have a good argument that the times it which they are driving it for personal use, their privacy rights apply. However, on the flip side, when they're on company time and the company is paying for the use of the vehicle, they likely do not have an enforceable expectation of privacy, especially if the employer has put them on notice that their movements will be monitored.

So, depending on the exact facts of your case, your employer may or may not be able to do this. At this point you can contact your state's department of labor to inquire further or you can consult with an employment law attorney in your area; they will best be able to advise you as to specific state law.

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