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Employee Monitoring: It's Not Paranoia--You Really Are Being Watched!
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1.       si++
3785 posts
 01 Jun 2008 Sun 10:11 am

Your employer could be watching you. We tell you how to know
whether you're being monitored and what you can do about it.


Vicki: This story REALLY freaked people out. I'm not
surprised. I think about this stuff all the time, especially
when it comes to e-mail. And I believe you were the one that
alerted me to the fact that instant messaging, too, can be
cause for a pause. The depths to which some companies
monitor their employees--recording phone calls, video
monitoring, GPS tracking, etc.--is downright creepy. Do you
ever feel like someone's watching you?

Dan: I am looking at your IM logs right now. And I have to
tell you, I don't think that LonelyGuy71 is right for you.
Seriously, legally your employer has the right to look at
pretty much everything you write, IM, send, or store on
their hardware. Things get even more complicated when you
mix your work and personal accounts. I admit I have been
pretty guilty here. Now if your excuse me, I am going to go
and delete my Outlook Archive.

What are we talking about? Read all about it here!

2.       AEnigmamagnadea
416 posts
 01 Jun 2008 Sun 12:59 pm

Quoting si++:

Seriously, legally your employer has the right to look at
pretty much everything you write, IM, send, or store on
their hardware.



Of course they do! They are paying for you to sit at your desk and perform a "service" in exchange for money. They have provided you with equipment for the job. If you choose to spend your paid time talking to friends, then you can't really object when your employer keeps checks on you.

People think I am quite paranoid about emails etc. at work, but I think it's pretty justified

3.       libralady
5152 posts
 01 Jun 2008 Sun 05:35 pm

Quoting AEnigmamagnadea:

Quoting si++:

Seriously, legally your employer has the right to look at
pretty much everything you write, IM, send, or store on
their hardware.



Of course they do! They are paying for you to sit at your desk and perform a "service" in exchange for money. They have provided you with equipment for the job. If you choose to spend your paid time talking to friends, then you can't really object when your employer keeps checks on you.

People think I am quite paranoid about emails etc. at work, but I think it's pretty justified



One thing that I am completely paranoid about, being watched 24/7 by on street camera's! There are camera's in every corner of the UK, in the pretence to catch criminals! HAHA! If only it were true! Humans Rights law allows people to challenge the "evidence" caught on camera and it becomes inadmissable!

As for your employer watching your every move, all access to anything that is remotely like "social networking" is blocked where I work. I am surprised I can still access TC at work, although I only use it now at lunch time.

4.       catwoman
8933 posts
 01 Jun 2008 Sun 09:02 pm

Quoting libralady:

One thing that I am completely paranoid about, being watched 24/7 by on street camera's! There are camera's in every corner of the UK, in the pretence to catch criminals! HAHA! If only it were true! Humans Rights law allows people to challenge the "evidence" caught on camera and it becomes inadmissable!


Oh my god! Are you serious???????

5.       libralady
5152 posts
 01 Jun 2008 Sun 10:38 pm

Quoting catwoman:

Quoting libralady:

One thing that I am completely paranoid about, being watched 24/7 by on street camera's! There are camera's in every corner of the UK, in the pretence to catch criminals! HAHA! If only it were true! Humans Rights law allows people to challenge the "evidence" caught on camera and it becomes inadmissable!


Oh my god! Are you serious???????



A year ago, there were 4.2 million cameras, one for every 14th person, and on average you are filmed 300 times a day! And yes it has been known that someone human rights has been violated and they have challenged evidence in court. I must admit, there have been many crimes solved with cameras, but it does not reduce the amount of crime in this country.

6.       si++
3785 posts
 02 Jun 2008 Mon 12:20 am

Quoting libralady:


One thing that I am completely paranoid about, being watched 24/7 by on street camera's! There are camera's in every corner of the UK, in the pretence to catch criminals! HAHA! If only it were true! Humans Rights law allows people to challenge the "evidence" caught on camera and it becomes inadmissable!

As for your employer watching your every move, all access to anything that is remotely like "social networking" is blocked where I work. I am surprised I can still access TC at work, although I only use it now at lunch time.


A friend of mine once was working for a company where they were monitoring the screens of their employees. You may not be connected to the Internet but still be doing some other things on your pc, that they would find unacceptable. I wouldn't want to work in such a place.

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7.       teaschip
3870 posts
 02 Jun 2008 Mon 07:18 pm

Quoting si++:

Quoting libralady:


One thing that I am completely paranoid about, being watched 24/7 by on street camera's! There are camera's in every corner of the UK, in the pretence to catch criminals! HAHA! If only it were true! Humans Rights law allows people to challenge the "evidence" caught on camera and it becomes inadmissable!

As for your employer watching your every move, all access to anything that is remotely like "social networking" is blocked where I work. I am surprised I can still access TC at work, although I only use it now at lunch time.


A friend of mine once was working for a company where they were monitoring the screens of their employees. You may not be connected to the Internet but still be doing some other things on your pc, that they would find unacceptable. I wouldn't want to work in such a place.



You wouldn't last in the U.S. then si++. As most employers in the U.S. will monitor phone calls for quality purposes. Also most employers do check emails if an employee is having performance issues and suspected of email & internet abuse.

Again, most managers do not like to micro manage, but give them a cause to and your privacy is right out the door.

I have also read many articles about London's cameras and how sufficent they are. In fact many cities in the U.S. including mine have adopted London's safety means and have installed street cameras.

8.       girleegirl
5065 posts
 02 Jun 2008 Mon 11:02 pm

In a study done in 2000 for Vault.com, a career information website in the US, it was found that 90% of employees were using the internet at work for non-work related activities…..of those, approximately 37% were looking for a new job on their employers dime.

The costs of lost productivity caused by this are staggering.
This particular study showed that a company that employed 500 people with an average employment cost of $30/hourly (this includes wages, benefits, etc), would lose over $4,000,000. per year in lost productivity if each one of those employees spent just one hour a day playing on the internet instead of working.

That cost does not include the amount lost on bandwidth impact, liability issues, or security breaches.

And that amount is only on internet abuse. Let’s not forget all the lost time for personal phone calls, sports betting pools (huge in the US), and just general goofing off!

I guess if you are an employee who has issues with your employer “spying” on you maybe you should start your own business……but then I guess that might change your perspective about staff playing on the internet.

9.       portokal
2516 posts
 02 Jun 2008 Mon 11:03 pm

the good thing is that i do not live on a street-camera watched area. and that i do not care if i am being watched. unless my hair-dresser is on holiday, of course...

my motto is, you may watch but i decide if you may touch.
the rest, well...

10.       si++
3785 posts
 03 Jun 2008 Tue 12:44 am

Quoting teaschip:


You wouldn't last in the U.S. then si++. As most employers in the U.S. will monitor phone calls for quality purposes. Also most employers do check emails if an employee is having performance issues and suspected of email & internet abuse.

Again, most managers do not like to micro manage, but give them a cause to and your privacy is right out the door.

I have also read many articles about London's cameras and how sufficent they are. In fact many cities in the U.S. including mine have adopted London's safety means and have installed street cameras.


I don't think they monitor your screen in US. Say you are connected to your bank to make some transactions or buy/sell some shares at the stock exchange and they see your computer screen. Not nice at all.

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