Board to investigate use of cameras in shops

The Data Inspection Board will review the use of cameras to monitor employees in shops after a Swedish Radio report last fall about unpermitted uses of the cameras.

Shop owners are allowed to use surveillance cameras in an effort to prevent crime. But Swedish Radio reporters spoke with employees who complained about their bosses watching them from their computers at home, and then sometimes criticizing their productivity.

The Data Inspection Board states that shopowners must show a concrete reason for why they need cameras in their stores. The Board says it will visit some shops and plans to complete its investigation by June.