Ethics and Information Technology 11 (4):233-241 (2009)

Elin Palm
Linkoping University
The starting point of this article is that employees’ chances of securing reasonable expectations of privacy at work must be better protected. A dependency asymmetry between employer and job-applicant implies that prospective employees are in a disadvantaged position vis à vis the employer regarding the chances of defending their reasonable interests. Since an increased usage of work related surveillance will, to a larger extent, require of job-applicants that they negotiate their privacy interests in employment contracting, it is important to consider means of strengthening employees’ negotiating power. This article emphasizes the importance of contextualizing consent for contractual agreements to be ethically acceptable.
Keywords Asymmetry  Autonomy  Consent  Contract  Contractual consent  Contextualized consent  Employee  Employment  Privacy  Surveillance  Workspace privacy  Workspace surveillance
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DOI 10.1007/s10676-009-9208-8
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