Conducted by Clémence Dath, RTBF - February 27, 2023
On Monday, February 27th, Mister Delmarcelle appeared on the RTBF show "On est pas des pigeons" to discuss preventive measures against software that monitors teleworkers in Belgium.
The rise of teleworking has been significant in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nowadays, numerous employers are adopting this mode of work organization. While a large number of workers appreciate this new professional transition, certain associated risks are becoming evident.
"Telework: Are employers spying on us?"
This is the question raised by the RTBF show. By installing surveillance software, there's a possibility that employers might access personal information and more closely monitor an employee's work.
To shed light on the legal perspective, Mr Delmarcelle explained how to manage this risk in Belgium:
The need for random checks
One of the suggested preventive measures is to carry out random checks on employees' computers. These checks might include verifications such as: connection to the VPN, mouse or keyboard activity, or the presence of active applications.
Drawing from these insights, the continuous evolution of teleworking unveils both its advantages and obstacles. While technology provides employers with advanced control tools, their ethical use is of the utmost importance. At the same time, teleworkers must remain vigilant about their rights. To navigate these complex issues, the advice of legal professionals such as Mr Delmarcelle can provide clarity. Staying informed and proactive is essential to ensure a fair and balanced remote working environment.