monitoring at work

Caught on the Net

Is your boss watching what you do in the internet? A new study by the civil servants’ union magazine shows that six out of ten state keep tabs on what their employees are doing, as regards surfing and email - and new technology enables them to keep track of every keystroke their workers make.

St Press magazine look at 50 state owned institutions and companies and found that most employers were OK with their people doing a bit of personal surfing during work time, including using work emails for private errands. But this goes hand in hand with a widespread attitude that workers’ time on the net should be watched.

Most methods of surveillance are based on random sampling of users, or on regular logs. But the civil servants’ union is worried, that such close control could be a threat to workers’ right to speak out, or used to impose unfairly tight working schedules.

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