Employee Surveillance on the Rise
SURVEILLANCE—EUNovember 2, 2011
Al Jazeera reports on the prevalence of employee monitoring via surveillance software. With the right software, employers can intercept employee e-mails sent from personal e-mail accounts, the report states. For example, 40 percent of large companies operating in Romania use software to intercept and track information, according to IT security firm Netsec. Employees should be aware of this, said a Netsec executive, adding that "IT monitoring tools are used by some employers for personal rather than professional goals." Germany, meanwhile, is considering a federal law that would require employers planning to monitor employee communications to gain only employee consent and not that of unions and labor courts, as they are currently required to do.