Spanish Constitutional Court allows companies to monitor their employees with video surveillance cameras without being required to give explanation of their specific purpose On 3 March 2016, the Constitutional Court issued a judgment stating that when a company suspects that irregularities are being committed, it can monitor its employees with video-surveillance cameras and it is not required to inform them of the specific purpose or reason why such cameras are being installed. In the particular case addressed by the Court, a company had decided to install videosurveillance cameras without previously informing its employees but hanging the relevant sign alerting to the cameras' installation in a visible place on the shop's window. The reason for the installation was a suspicion that one of its employees was misappropriating funds. The issue was brought before the Spanish Constitutional Court, which ruled in favour of the company on the following grounds: • The camera was installed on the basis of a suspicion that the employees were stealing from the cash register. • The employee was generically informed through a sign that said so. Thus, given the circumstances of the case, it was not necessary to specifically inform the employees why the installation had been carried out. • The surveillance measure, which restricts fundamental rights, passed the three tests of proportionality: a) it was suitable to verify the suspected irregularities; b) it was necessary to dispel its doubts in a legally verifiable manner, and, finally, c) it was prudent and proportional, because the images were limited exclusively to the cash register area. This ruling is important because it implies that if a company hangs a simple sign stating that videosurveillance cameras have been installed, it is sufficient information for employees. However, whether or not courts will extend this more flexible interpretation of the law to other cases has yet to be seen. For more information, please contact Raul Rubio, Patricia Perez, Rosario Alvarez, Ignacio Vela, Alvaro Ubeda or Cristina Monereo.