Corporations are starting to embrace technologies used to monitor employee Internet use, with 60 percent expected to watch workers' social media use for security breaches by 2015, according to a new report from Gartner.
Monitoring can help companies avoid security problems such as employees posting unauthorized videos of company activities, Walls wrote. However, "there are other times when accessing the information can generate serious liabilities, such as a manager reviewing an employee's Facebook profile to determine the employee's religion or sexual orientation in violation of equal employment opportunity and privacy regulations."
John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director, criticized "corporate spying" in the name of security. "Actually much of what is discussed [in the Gartner report] is unwarranted snooping in people's personal lives," he said in an email. "There is no valid reason for it and companies that engage in such activities should be called out for their unethical activity."
Via Peter Hoeve