The Privacy Issue
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area that went into effect in May of 2018. The State of California passed a similar law, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that that takes effect in 2020. GDPR says
“Personal data shall be collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes.”
This does not prevent employee monitoring in that it is for a specific purpose to measure productivity and ensure people are doing what they are paid to do. GDPR does not restrict employee monitoring software.