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Weigh pros, cons of surveillance in wired workplace

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by Matthew Webster, Esq., Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis

boss spying on employeeAs technology becomes more and more intrusive, today’s employees naturally wonder how far their employers can pry. While the U.S. Constitution doesn’t expressly mention a right to privacy, most people hold this concept dear, and courts have long recognized cases alleging invasion of privacy.

Employees who disclose personal information on social media sites may hotly contest an employer’s use of that information. Those same em­­ployees are also often upset at an employer’s ability to search their email, survey their computer searches and monitor their keystrokes.

Employers, on the other hand, are often afraid not to search online for information about prospective and current employees. Concerns about potential liability and lost productivity make surveillance an attractive option. New technologies like theft detection software, remote electronic tracking and facility-acc...(register to read more)

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