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    Employee privacy, data protection and human resources

    Prepared by the ICC commission on : Digital Economy
    Publication date : 04/12/2003 | Document Number : 373-22/112

    This policy statement sets out the position of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on the key issues relating to data protection and human resources, and provides recommendations for governments making policy in this area.

    Businesses have always had to collect and use personal information from and about employees to comply with labour, tax and other laws, to administer benefits, to operate their businesses, and to serve their customers. This policy statement sets out the position of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on the key issues relating to data protection and human resources, and provides recommendations for governments making policy in this area. While technological changes and new privacy laws have caused some re-examination of workplace privacy, the amount and scope of information about their employees that employers must process has changed very little over the years. ICC therefore urges governments to work closely with business to ensure that legislation and policy dealing with data protection in the human resources context strikes a workable balance between the legitimate interests of employers, customers, and society as a whole, and the privacy of employees.