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Thread: Employee Monitoring: Where do you stand?

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    Employee Monitoring: Where do you stand?

    This week, DevX Executive Editor, Russell Jones wrote an editorial asking developers to step up and resist companies' efforts to further develop applications that spy on their employees.

    Give it a read and tell us what *you* think about the good vs. evil of employee monitoring:


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    I agree with the article. We should not help employers obtain information that is none of their business. I feel we deserve to have some privacy even while at work. Bronco

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    While I certainly agree with the general idea of curbing spying at work, I think that remonstrations won't do. What is needed here is a more drastic move: i.e., legislation. Legislation that will draw the lines between what type of information an employer may have access to and -- and what they're not allowed to. Ideally, this should be an international endeavor leading to a treaty such as the Kyoto Protocol of privacy.
    Last edited by Danny; 08-04-2005 at 03:08 AM.
    Danny Kalev

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Alameda, CA
    good words Danny, but I think that is overkilling (ideally, like you said). Before an international legislation like that will pass our grand-grand children will be out of college. If will never pass, sometimes issues that are illegal, or confidencial, or private for a country are perfectly fine with others. And small, private-own companies will always find a way out.
    We need a way to protect ourself, and this is partly our responsibility. We lock our doors before leaving, we do not wait for the police to do that.
    I think that in the hiring process every companies should write down, black on white, which is their privacy policy, and the emploeyer should have the right to know it.

    "There are two ways to write error-free programs. Only the third one works."

  5. #5
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    Nov 2003
    Certainly, a policy of full disclosure is the first step. The problem is how to enforce it. If employees don't even know that they're being watched by the Big Brother, they won't quit or sue their employer. So I think that legislation, not necessarily a privacy oriented bill but rather, a more constitional right or a derivative of the Human Rights chart, can be exerted. I agree that we shouldn't sit and wait until a few enlightened members of congress/parliament (in other countries) take the initaitive. A more likely option is a precedential ruling of the Supreme Court regarding employees' rights to privacy. I think an employee has the right to monitor outgoing emails, but the least they should do is inform their employees about it, and explicitlt state whether this information is kept, if so for how long, and who has access to it.
    Danny Kalev

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    Apr 2020
    I think that the may reason for a business to use the work time tracking and employee monitoring system is to reduce the cases of employees wasting company time, as they know they’re being monitored and as a result they are then less likely to do so. Employers monitor employees’ activities to ensure they’re being productive and are following rules, and not just for lack of a better use of their time.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2020
    That is a controversial issue. IMHO if you totally refrain from using such apps this may badly affect remote work options, which are still very private by definition. We have to clearly distinguish between spying and monitoring though. As long as you are aware and agree on being watched as you work you obviously have a right to refuse such a work.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2021
    I think it all depends on the type of position. If this job is related to confidential information, the use of special tracking programs is inevitable.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2021
    I fully agree and definitely everyone needs some private space .Its not that the employers own us.

  10. #10
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    Feb 2021
    Here is the choice of everyone, depending on the work. A person voluntarily deprives himself of personal space to achieve his goals.

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    Jan 2018
    What can/is done in the way of monitoring should be explicitly detailed in a contract of employment, employer staff handbook etc. What isn't detailed in these (or similar) probably isn't lawful. The exception in the UK comes under the Regulatory of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 - which details and regulates the powers of public bodies to carry out surveillance, investigation and the interception of communications upon citizens of the UK.

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