Watching me, watching you

Think tank: IPPR

Author(s): Henry Parkes

March 27, 2023

This report from UK think tank IPPR looks at worker surveillance in the UK after the pandemic.

Worker surveillance is as old as work itself, but new technology is making it easier and cheaper than ever. Data suggests that workplace surveillance practices have hugely expanded during the pandemic and are here to stay – though there are prominent data gaps around who, and to what extent, people are affected. Unaddressed, the spread of these practices could leave workers permanently worse off, with the most adverse outcomes likely to impact those with the least power in the labour market. In this report, we make policy recommendations that would help redress the balance of power between workers and employers. They would ensure that when surveillance is happening it is fair and proportionate as the law intends, respecting worker’s fundamental rights.