Employers have interests in protecting their workplace and ensuring that they prevent theft, unfair competition, and other misconduct. Employers may use monitoring devices to protect their own interests and to ensure the safety of their workers and customers. With the prevalence of electronic devices and the advances in monitoring, there are a multitude of ways that employers can now monitor their workplaces. With the advent of these new monitoring capabilities, there are also now many laws that protect the privacy of employees by placing restrictions on how and under what circumstances employers can monitor their employees. Similarly, companies that collect certain private information from their employees may have an obligation to both protect that information from disclosure and to ensure the proper disposal of any media containing that information. It is important that employers are familiar with and follow the laws and regulations governing surveillance and employee privacy because failing to do so can carry both civil and criminal consequences.