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Covert Surveillance Guidelines

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Before undertaking covert surveillance you should be aware of the potential risks associated with this kind of surveillance. The risks include adversely affecting the corporate and ethical cultures, harming industrial relations, causing negative media coverage, and causing tribunals and courts to question the competency and motives of investigators. Here are some issues to consider to help you avoid the risks.



The surveillance will not breach any legislation limiting or prohibiting the use of covert surveillance.




You have a reasonable suspicion that an offence or breach of standards has been undertaken, is being undertaken or will be undertaken.




The surveillance has a reasonable chance of detecting and/or identifying the perpetrator or producing acceptable evidence.




The offence or breach is sufficiently serious to justify the breach of privacy that will be suffered by the subject(s) of the surveillance.




Any special embarrassment that is likely to be suffered by the subject of the surveillance is justified by the seriousness of the offence or breach.




You have considered other forms of investigation and they are likely to be significantly less effective than surveillance.




The surveillance is legal and is not a breach of any formal/informal agreements.




The surveillance will be undertaken by appropriately qualified/skilled individuals.




The surveillance will only be undertaken for as long as is required to produce the necessary evidence.




The surveillance photographs or tapes will be adequately protected to ensure the privacy of the subject.





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