Corporate Surveillance 2

Corporate - Section BUSINESS Snooping Bosses Think your employer is checking your email Web searches and voice mail You're probably right When one

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Section:  BUSINESS   Snooping Bosses  Think your employer is checking your e-mail, Web searches and voice mail? You're  probably right When one of his employees phoned in sick last year, Scott McDonald, CEO of  Monument Security in Sacramento, Calif., decided to investigate. He had already  informed his staff of 400 security guards and patrol drivers that he was installing Xora, a  software program that tracks workers' whereabouts through GPS technology on their  company cell phones. A Web-based "geo-fence" around work territories would alert the  boss if workers strayed or even drove too fast. It also enabled him to route workers more  efficiently. So when McDonald logged on, the program told him exactly where his worker  was--and it wasn't in bed with the sniffles. "How come you're eastbound on 80 heading  to Reno right now if you're sick?" asked the boss. There was a long silence--the sound  of a job ending--followed by, "You got me." For every employer who lets his staff know they're on watch, there are plenty who snoop  on the sly. A general manager at a computer outfit in the Northeast wondered about a  worker's drop-off in productivity. Using software called SurfControl, the manager saw  the man was spending an inordinate amount of time at an innocently named website. It  turned out to feature hard-core porn. The worker was conducting market research for his  escort service, a venture for which he soon had plenty of time after he got canned. "I  don't give a rat's rear what they do at home," says the manager, who wishes to keep his  and his company's name private. "But what they do at work is all my business." Learn that truth, and learn it well: what you do at work is the boss's business. Xora and  SurfControl are just some of the new technologies from a host of companies that have  sprung up in the past two years peddling products and services--software, GPS, video  and phone surveillance, even investigators--that let managers get to know you really  well. The worst mole sits right on your desk. Your computer can be rigged to lock down  work files, restrict Web searches and flag e-mailed jokes about the CEO's wife. "Virtually nothing you do at work on a computer can't be monitored," says Jeremy 
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This note was uploaded on 07/16/2009 for the course ENGR 183 taught by Professor Weltman during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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