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Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts

Abstract

Employers are increasingly using GPS tracking devices as business tools to monitor employee movements. Recent judicial decisions have found an employer’s interest in using location surveillance on employer-owned property generally trumps an employee’s privacy interests. However, employers deciding to use GPS should be aware of the potential limitations on tracking an employee based on state constitutional, statutory, and common law rights to privacy. This Article focuses on the permissible scope of an employer’s use of GPS to track employees in the workplace.

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