In an attempt to make the workforce more "diverse", our employer has announced that they will start "collecting and sharing" [sic!] employee data such as ethnicity and gender. This, they say, is in order to get an "assessment", and the next step would be to reflect the the "diversity of the populations in the company". (Boy, are they in for a surprise, but that's besides the point.)
- Is it legal for an employer to collect this data, either explicitly by asking questions individually, or implicitly by sifting through employee files? The reason why I'm asking this is because asking these questions are illegal to ask in interview questions, so I'd be surprised if it would be legal to ask them during employment.
- Do I need to be truthful, legally? Or can I lie without facing reprimands?
- Can the employer legally share this data, either internally or externally, aggregated or not.
- Would I have a right to force the employer to disclose to me what data they have collected about me, e.g. in order to rectify it?
(Not sure if this fits law better or workforce, but I'm posting this here because I'm asking for the legality of this all.)