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Psssst--Your Boss Is Spying on You!

Business  (tags: supervisors, spying, employees, employer controls, privacy, employee privacy, control issues, sneaky )

- 3287 days ago -
Think your privacy is protected at the office? Think again. In fact, if you're reading this at work, there's a very good chance that your boss is, too.


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. (0)
Sunday May 23, 2010, 9:58 am
Of course there's no privacy in the workplace (excepting only places such as restrooms.) It isn't a private space to begin with. When I'm at work my boss is paying me for every second that I'm there and he's paying for the office space in which I do my work. He has every right to know what I'm doing while I'm on his time and in his space.

In the same way, if I hired a nanny to look after my children in my home I would have the absolute right to monitor her every move while she's in my home to make sure she's doing her job and not doing anything detrimental to my children.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 24, 2010, 7:37 am
Some of this is common sense and some isn't entirely accurate. First of all, if you are stupid enough to use your company given-whatever for non work related, then that is your own fault. Yes, the company phone belongs to the company. Yes, the company email and computer belong to the company. If you are using a company computer for chatting, then you should clear that everyday as it can only be read from your computer as most servers do not make logs of every chat that goes on. Myspace has a built in device, just like facebook, so computers don't log any messages or records, so when you end your session, no one can see what you have done.

IE R (237)
Monday May 24, 2010, 7:46 am
Interesting ideas, but your office IT crew can still track which websites you visited if they really wanted to, regardless of the log-cleaning apps you talked about for MySpace, for example.

Best way around it? Use your cell phone for talking and texting non-business folks if you need to. Otherwise, just know the office culture, and if your company treats everyone like first-graders and monitors your every move, don't provoke scrutiny. If they don't and allow some "down time" while you're at work, be judicious and don't abuse that tolerance because it only takes one stupid, ignorant, selfish muckup to ruin it for everyone working there.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday May 24, 2010, 7:07 pm
Noted . glad I am retired !!
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