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Federal Worker Monitoring Raises Privacy Concerns

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 17, 2012

The Washington Post reports on software used by many federal agencies to monitor workers’ activities online. The WikiLeaks scandal and other unauthorized disclosures have prompted the government to collect larger, timely and detailed profiles of federal employees. The increased use of monitoring worries some privacy advocates, the report states, because of potential abuse, particularly related to whistle-blowing and the monitoring of personal e-mails. A 2010 incident with Food and Drug Administration scientists has been cited as one such example. A Defense Department representative said, “Nobody’s reading e-mails here…There has to be probable cause.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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