Dear All,
How can be justified cellular phone jammer installed in Company Office?
Is it legal or illegal.
What will be the impact towards employees / staff.
Upto what extent (area) it is legal.
Any license needed to use cellular phone jammer in office.
MK Verma

From India, Ahmadabad

Human Resource Professional
According to me before implementation such rule company should takes permission from employees or should informed, else our senior ll be guide.
From India, Gurgaon
What is your industry ? Why do you need Mobile jammer ? Will mobile jammber bring any good changes to your industry ?, If Yes, What?
From India, Pune

There is no need of mobile jammer and it is understood it will not bring any good changes.
It gives uncomfortable to employees also.So the main theme is why the management thinks like this.
It is a Company Head Office and Customer / Dealers visits the Office.
Question is It is legally authorized to do this or employees can ask the management / regulatory department to stop this.
MK Verma

From India, Ahmadabad
As far as Private Limited company can do this as they are not coming under purview of " State " under Article 12 of constitution of India....
From India, Pune
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Mobile jammers might not be totally illegal for employers, high on information security. However, our legal experts can share where jammers cant be used.

From India, Mumbai

HR, IR, Law, disc. matters
Dear Verma & others, The Section 5 of the Indian Telegraph Act 1885 necessitates State/Central Government permission before jamming any mobile or such devices. It could be done in national interest. There are several installations/factories where usage of mobile is prohibited for this reason. This is an exception to the fundamental right of 'freedom of expression' guaranteed under the Constitution and hence can be taken away only for valid and strong grounds. Although there are many positive factors in allowing mobile usage, yet in the interest of safety of fellow workmen, safety of installations (like Oil refineries) etc the usage of mobile phones can be banned or signals could be jammed.
From India, Bhopal

Top Management
As I understand, jammers are installed to prevent employees from whiling away time on phone thus not only affecting their own productivity but also disturbing other persons. This is a legal step. The management should ‘INFORM’ the employees (and not take permission as suggested by a member). The question is why is an organisation forced to take such drastic action? It is because some (only some) employees do not act maturely. They waste lot of time on cell phones.

From India, Delhi

International Corporate Trainer / HR (OD) Consultant
If your company has installed mobile jammers, certainly some incident would have happened which prompted them to resort to this option. In case there is loss of productivity or manhours, due to employees talking on mobile all the time, they would have installed jammers. In many companies, if they are handling very sensitive information even employees are outsiders are asked to deposit mobile phones at the security or reception. So, as our friends have mentioned above, you have to mention clearly the activities of your company and what prompted them to install jammers. Whether it is right or wrong is for the Management. There are always two sides to a coin !
From India
Dear Sirs,
In my opinion it is better as many of their employees get their personal work attended through mobile phone during office hours. Also today the mobiles comes with many features with that any employee can take confidential details of the company.
Also if the company has landline facility and the employee can answer to the outside calls, then why he had to bring the mobile. Moreover, mobile usage will reduce the effective working in the office.
They can deposit their mobile at the security and during lunch time they get the same and use. They can give the company number to the family members to call him incase of emergency.
All are paid to work and none of the owners expect their employees spending their time while work in their personal activities.
Hope this is justifiable.
Thanks and Regards
J Narayanan

From India, Madras

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