Their views follow the initiative by contract hire giant GE Capital Fleet Services to fit a Data Collection Unit to every new lease vehicle it supplies from November 1. The DCU is the essential ingredient in a service that will help GECFS ensure vehicles are serviced on time. But other software applications enable fleets both to record their vehicles' movements, including date, time, speed and destination, and to locate stolen vehicles.
A spokeswoman for Liberty said this represented a move towards a 'surveillance society'. 'This technology is useful in fighting crime, but many employees find excessive surveillance both intrusive and rather insulting. They feel their privacy is being invaded and their boss doesn't trust them. This could lead to decreased productivity and increased staff turnover,' she said.