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As bosses embrace tech to monitor remote workers, can privacy endure?

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By Umberto Bacchi and Avi Asher-Schapiro

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It seems we're entering a world of several Big Brothers. We're no longer humans but an extension of machines; slavery with a new name.

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What PCs are these workers using? If they're being compelled to access company networks using personal devices, then clearly such tracking software will almost certianly violate reasonable expectations of privacy. However, for company-owned devices, some degree of tracking is perfectly reasonable in my opinion.

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Why would a company want to monitor a free lance worker?

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There was no privacy to begin with...

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Yes, there is the right of an "Expectation of Privacy" for Lea. She could have requested the needed hardware, fully licenced software, anti-virus and a strong VPN service from her client.

As for the "Why?". This would give her client insight to the work so that they search out competitive bids and lower their costs.

In the end she would have been betrayed by her client. Since tens of millions of Americans have been kicked-to-the-curb, this is just the beginning of some hard economic times coming up.

Sorry to read about it happening so soon...

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Employers wanting to snoop on employees' screens can argue it is in their legitimate interest to ensure workers are being productive and not doing anything they should not be

I'd like to think companies have better ways of measuring productivity than monitoring how people spend their time. Surely it's what they produce that matters.

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A small device to hit the space bar every second of so, should help to fix this issue.

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Though seriously, Companies are adopting other strategies to compel employees to work beyond legal hours - without reporting it. As an example "Agile" is promoted as the "in"-thing...spreading beyond IT usage - .... In reality, Its being misused to ensure employees work 24 hrs/day to get things done without addressing the underlying reasons behind delays - poor requirements, changing requirements, research even - "how the 'h3ck'for example, can you say I will have a covid virus cure within 7 days"... It's good in the sense of regular communication, but bad in the sense that Companies use the "sprints" to force you to work beyond acceptable timeframes in order to meet poor planning - and the employee (usually a contractor) cant complain. So eventually, it will blowup, like others have done so in the past.

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As an example "Agile" is promoted as the "in"-thing...spreading beyond IT usage

Ironically, in tech, it's starting to become the out thing: https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/08/23/the-end-of-agile/

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As an example "Agile" is promoted as the "in"-thing

As with many ideas, once you capitalize the words, what was once common sense quickly becomes a rigid discipline where common sense goes out the window. I've been trying to avoid scrums and what-not for the last few years. I still think I'm pretty agile.

@Strangerland, nice link. Thanks.

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