On 6 December 2018 the new Data Protection Act was published in the Official State Gazette, transposing the EU General Data Protection Regulation into Spanish law. In addition, the act has introduced a number of so-called 'digital rights', of which the following directly concern employees:
- the right to privacy in the use of technological devices at work;
- the right to disconnect from work; and
- the right to privacy against the use of sound and video surveillance and geolocation technology.
The act's preamble indicates that a large proportion of professional activities are now performed via the Internet. As such, these new digital rights are necessary to enable employees to exercise their fundamental rights in this new reality.
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