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Experts: Monitoring Solves Some Problems, Creates More

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY

April 15, 2011

The Globe and Mail reports on employers using technology to monitor their employees' online activities at work and the views of some privacy experts that such monitoring can cause more problems than it solves. A recent survey of Human Resources Professionals Association member companies found that 55 percent monitor their employees' Web usage during work hours, while 60 percent have developed a social media policy. Citing multiple rulings that have granted employees "some amount of privacy in the workplace," one expert recommends that companies create written policies about monitoring tools and practices and have their employees sign off on those policies annually.
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