Naked Employee, The: How Technology Is Compromising Workplace Privacy

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"Most people would be startled to know the many ways in which their employers are capable of intruding on privacy. Huge technological advances are steadily shrinking workers' personal space, and it's up to individuals to know which parts of their daily lives may fall under the corporate magnifying glass. Corporations have the means to monitor e-mails, phone conversations, and web-surfing, but that's not all...Among other things, video surveillance, GPS tracking of company cars, and even the use of infrared badges to determine employee location are methods that have come into play in the workplace. From increasingly intrusive hiring practices to continuous information gathering, "The Naked Employee" takes a probing look at the relationship between companies and their employees, and examines the social, legal, and moral implications of various types of employee monitoring. Measuring the rights of the individual against the needs of the organization, this timely book investigates the vital privacy questions facing every employee. "The Naked Employee" is packed with eye-opening, sometimes shocking information as well as clear, concise explanations of relevant legislation and technologies. This timely book arms readers with the facts they need to defend themselves against the omnipresent corporate gaze."

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Frederick S. Lane III (Burlington, VT) is an attorney, author, and expert witness specializing in the impact of technology on society. The author of Obscene Profits, he frequently speaks on law and computer-related topics.

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Reading Lane's book is enough to make any employee paranoid. The attorney and author of Obscene Profits relentlessly lays out the many and varied ways employers legally spy on employees. Web surfing? Workers are being watched. E-mail? That, too. From video cameras to ID cards to background checks, employees' lives are basically open books to whoever is paying their salary. Lane's style is more clinical than impassioned, laying out the hard facts instead of editorializing. But readers may wish he would rant a bit more about all this 1984-style surveillance. His subjects range from computer forensics (whatever you delete isn't really deleted) to the routine monitoring of communications ("roughly one-half of all employers in this country periodically review their employees' e-mails"). To his credit, Lane does sum the book up with a defense of workplace privacy, urging Congress to get with the times. Without better federal legislation, he writes, this "intrusive examination of how we live our lives" is bound to expand into every area of our existence.
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