Is It Legal to Track My Employees Using GPS Tracking Devices?

GPS Fleet Tracking

Is it legal to use GPS tracking to track my employees, a question commonly asked by fleet managers and owners? But the likely answers is “Yes”, but let’s make sure we look at all of the possibilities.

Is It Legal to Use GPS Tracking to Track My Employees?First, who owns the vehicles? It would be hard to argue that tracking a vehicle or asset your own with GPS tracking would be illegal. After all, it is your vehicle! We don’t know of a law anywhere in the world that says you cannot track your own property. The fact that someone else is driving your vehicle is irrelevant. So, if you are tracking a vehicle you own, you should be fine.

GPS Trackers – Why Are You Tracking?

GPS Trackers

Second, why are you tracking? This is really a question as to what you are doing with the information you receive from the GPS tracking devices installed on your vehicles? If your usage is honorable and legitimate (monitoring stop and start times, watching for speeding and safety issues, ensuring people are where they say they are and making sure you bill, and pay, for legitimate work), you should be perfectly fine. If you are using GPS trackers to do anything illegal, you probably have an issue. For instance, if you are making advances on an employee who takes your vehicle home daily as a part of their work and you use the data to stalk or harass that employee, you might be a criminal and need professional help…

Are You Using The GPS Tracking Data Properly?

gps-fleet-trackingThird, be careful with the use of legitimate data that you are attempting to use legitimately. GPS tracking data is not 100% foolproof. It is remarkably more reliable today than 10 years ago, but it can give false readings. For instance, features like Miles Over The Speed Limit alerting might pick up a side street rather than the main street and give a single false reading. If you look to discipline an employee based on the fleet tracking data, look for trends and multiple occurrences rather than a single incident.

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