Shocking facts about how much your employer monitors you

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If you sit in front of a computer all day, you might not give a second thought to checking your personal email or taking care of some digital errands. What about taking calls from friends or family at the office? Surfing the web on your phone?
You’d better think twice. Chances are during working hours, all of your activities — personal or not — are being monitored. Someone might even be watching. “Hidden” cameras are just about everywhere, after all. Tap or click for a few simple ways to prevent your devices from watching you.

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Just how closely is your company monitoring you? Let’s just say you should have no expectation of privacy at work. Here are a few ways management keeps tabs on employees.
Computer work and usage
Any activities performed on company-owned equipment, such as a computer, are fair game. These are some of the things your employer can track or access with the right technology:
  • Content on your screen or files stored on disk drives
  • The amount of time you spend on and off your computer
  • How many keystrokes entered during a specific period
  • Your browsing history
Depending on the circumstances, union contracts, the Fourth Amendment and statutory rights in various states may help protect an employee against computer and other modes of electronic monitoring.
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Big tech companies are watching, too. Facebook is serving you location-based ads, even after you opt out of location tracking. Tap or click to learn what this means for your privacy.
Just how closely is your company monitoring you? Let’s just say you should have no expectation of privacy at work. Here are a few ways management keeps tabs on employees.

Email and messaging
As with hardware, any use of company-owned or licensed software opens the door for tracking. Whether it be email or instant messaging for personal or work reasons, your employer is allowed to review your communications.
Some business email systems automatically copy and create backups of all messages that pass through. With the use of specialized software, referred to as a keylogger, your employer could save copies of email drafts you never even sent. In this case, deleting your emails is futile.
If you have concerns or questions regarding your company’s guidelines for viewing personal emails, contact your manager or HR department for privacy policies.
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Corporate vehicles
Do you drive a corporate car occasionally or regularly for work-related travel? If you do, take note.
Many companies utilize GPS to track an employee’s whereabouts in a company-owned vehicle. Gathered information includes:
  • Mileage
  • Route
  • Driving behavior, including speed
  • Time spent in and out of the vehicle
Company-owned tech
Employee location tracking isn’t exclusive to cars. If your employer provides you with a smartphone, tablet or laptop, you can expect the company to have some monitoring or tracking system installed.
Be warned: The device may continue sending your location long after your work shift ends.
If you’re using a work Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, your company can set up supervision settings.
Supervision allows the administrator to apply additional restrictions such as preventing access to the App Store, filtering web usage or disabling AirDrop. Here’s how to check if your device is supervised.
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For devices with iOS 10 or later, you will find the supervision message in one of two places: at the top of your main settings page or on the lock screen. Those with devices running iOS 9 or earlier you will find this message by going into Settings, clickGeneral and tap About. The message also appears on the bottom of the lock screen.
What about a company Android device? If you use an Android phone and Google Suites for work, your company’s admin can set security policies you need to adhere to, including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Device password required length and strength
  • Number of days before the password expires
  • Auditing applications
  • Remotely remove an account or wipe a device
If you have questions or concerns regarding your employer-provided Android or Google Suites, contact your G Suite administrator. You can also review the Google Apps Device Policy and learn how to set up the app.
Personal mobile devices
Instead of providing mobile devices, many companies have a bring your own device (BYOD) program that allows employees to use their personal mobile device(s) at and for work purposes.
If this is your present situation, it is essential that you read your company’s BYOD guidelines to understand the rights of both parties. Look for the policy in various employee materials such as a handbook, contract, training material or a specific BYOD agreement.
Wondering what type of information your employer can view on your mobile device if you access the internet through your mobile network? None. However, if you were to log on through the office Wi-Fi, your employer can track all internet data.
Social media
Here’s a tricky one. If you’re active on social media, assume your employer pays attention to your posts, likes and tweets.
Be sensible about what you share online and check your company’s social media guidelines. Be aware that several states have laws prohibiting an employer from firing an employee for off-duty social media activity unless such action is shown to be harmful to the company.
Although the idea of your company tracking your location and monitoring your moves may have you paranoid heading into the office, you should not be overly concerned. Just because the technology is there doesn’t mean your boss is using it to spy on you.
 
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