Does my boss need my permission for a webcam?

UPDATED: Feb 26, 2012

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Does my boss need my permission for a webcam?

My boss wants to put a webcam in the office. Are there any laws protecting me from having my image transmitted over the internet without my permission?

Asked on February 26, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Nevada


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Your employer may monitor almost any space in the office, including your personal workspace, if the employer chooses, and does not need employee permission, though the employer should give employees notice of the monitoring. (Employers may not monitor rest rooms, changing areas, and the like.) The footage may not be publically or generally posted to the web (e.g. on a company's website or Facebook page) without employee permission (but see below); however, the web may be used as the tranmission medium to send the footage to a supervisor's computer, a company server, etc.

Note that employers may make it a condition of employment that employees allow their images to be posted publically, such as on a company website; employees who refuse may be terminated.

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