According to an American Management Association survey, just over half of employers review and retain employees’ email messages. Three out of four employers monitor the internet usage of their workers.
Federal workers are now being told by their unions that every keystroke on their computers is being recorded and scrutinized. This is not just in departments such as Homeland Security, but in every Social Security office in the country.
This scrutiny is not simply of the computer’s hard-drive, but also covers private email accounts such as Hotmail and Gmail. If an employee accesses their private online email account from their work’s computer, the content can be intercepted and read by their employer.
There is something incredibly sinister, to my mind, in the manner employers and government consider this to be their justifiable right. Because they own the computers, does not give them any moral right to pry into an employees’ personal life, simply because it can be accessed online. If an employee accesses their bank account during lunch hour to check a balance, is that information then available to the employer?
Most likely, it is.
There are few laws relating to this subject, and there should be a damn sight more – protecting the employee. It’s not likely to happen though, unless we the public, demand such action of our political representatives.
After all, the government owns all the postal equipment used to deliver our mail, but that doesn’t give it the right to open and peruse anything it cares to.
At least, so we are led to believe.
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