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The Increasing Lack of Privacy in the Workplace To gain a competitive advantage companies have turned to rapidly emerging technologies in order to increase productivity and profits Most companies cannot imagine surviving without email Hayday and local area networks however it is this same technology that diminishes the productivity of many employees Research shows that an average employee in the US spends almost an hour Rosencrance and close to two and a half hours in the UK Reuters a day on the Internet during work hours In addition to decreased employee productivity the companies are concerned with their reputation image and financial liability arising from employees actions on company owned computers These activities include file sharing email containing discriminating content and web-surfing on unsuitable sites In response to employees behavior companies are trying to combat inappropriate use of company resources with various surveillance systems However such systems can and often infringe on employees privacy Employees are often not informed of the monitoring systems in place Such systems can run in stealth mode concurrently with the rest of the programs while sending periodical reports or even screenshots of the individuals activity to the boss Wallace Such private information can expose the employees personal life to the management and result in unfair treatment Furthermore the topics explored by the employee are often very secret and may suggest to the management that youre a battered wife or HIV positive or half of a disintegrating marriage Keller which truthfully is nobodys business Nonetheless analysis conducted by the comScore Media Metrix revealed that a third of all incoming traffic to the top ten sites for personals come from at-work internet users A Discrete The employers attempt to cut down on wasted pay time by installing programs to record keystrokes document visited websites and scan emails In the study done in 2001 a third of all US workforce is examined for appropriate internet or email conduct Rosencrance Study In addition
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