August 5th, 2013
The American Workplace: Non-stop surveillance state with no recourse
An odd coincidence of our times — technology enables spying on ourselves in the name of security and we can’t seem to resist the temptation to use the technology regardless of the damage to our rights. The larger global picture is the fact that the American spy agency, NSA, turns out to have been spying on lots of people in the U.S. and around the world. But the data hoarding-mining-gathering tactics are not just for political spies.
Corporations have been spying on their workers for years.
Here are services from one firm for employers:
- Telephone call monitoring and incoming restrictions
- SMS: capture and read all text messages on devices
- E-mail monitoring
- Track all apps and programs installed (block non-allowed ones)
- Remote viewing of all internet activity
- Any pictures or videos downloaded on any device
- Calendaring of events monitored
- All address book contact – full information
- Block websites (as the US Army blocks the newspaper Guardian and we are told some companies block this website, WBI)
- Physical location tracking via GPS or cell device ID
- Ability to lock or wipeout any device remotely
We long ago acquiesced to the employer claim that it is their right to control every aspect of work life. Further, the spying shatters personal privacy.
Employees at work are not granted the “expectation of privacy” as when they are in their homes (though there are examples where employers have turned on laptop cameras inside workers’ homes granting them unsolicited access). They are told that the workplace is akin to a public street where you can be monitored since it is public vs. a private space.
Hypocritically, employers claim privacy for themselves. They resist former employees using employee e-mail lists to contact former colleagues. They do not allow documentarians on-site to record video criticizing that particular employee. The virtual wall encasing employers is called the “corporate veil.” That veil is sacrosanct.
Workers, on the other hand, check their rights at the door. The ONLY rights for American workers must be claimed by unions in a bargaining agreement or by state or federal laws. Without those protections, employers can do anything they wish on their property.
Read the sad news is Lewis Maltby’s book: Can They Do That?
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