Your employer can simply go into your hard drive, check your cache to see where you’ve been on the net, and I read your e-mail. Meanwhile most employees are unaware that while at work their activities are being monitored, and this brings about the question “if the use of tracking software and systems ethical”? Legally, little or all employees have little recourse; the most relevant Federal law, is the 1986 Electronic Communications privacy act which prohibits unauthorized interception of various Electronic Communications, including email. This act exempts service providers from its provisions, which is commonly interpreted to include employers who provide e-mail and Internet access. The EPIC in Washington, DC would have required employers at least to notify workers that they were being monitored, but it failed to come to a vote from 1993 to 1995.
Employers are allowed to review work related documents and emails but if an employee sends a personal email through a work computer, managers are not supposed to read the email and have a duty to stop reading it once they realize the email is not work related. By using computer and video surveillance, small businesses with only one or two workers per shift can monitor their employees just like a big business with hundreds of workers. From something as simple as signing into work to prove that an employee is there to accessing documents on a work computer, surveillance is necessary to protect the confidentiality of customer data, improve customer interaction, protect employers from theft or lawsuits, and maintain integrity of data. Electronic surveillance is not a new phenomenon and in this day and age, it is unlikely to go away anytime soon.
The issue of privacy is a big concern in the workplace. With the expanding of new technology, many employees are concern about his or, her privacy in the workplace. Employees have the right to go to work knowing that his or, her employer will not invade their privacy. The rights to privacy in the workplace only provide limited protection for workers against monitoring and breach of confidentiality. The National Work Rights Institute states, under the federal law, "the limited protection the Electronic Communication Privacy Act of 1986 provides to employees' has been reduced because the statue has been outdated."
Some of the employees started using their cell phones or other company phones to make their personal calls. Others would complain to their coworkers and supervisors about the company’s disrespect for their privacy. I believe that employees should not be bothered by the fact the company is recording their phone calls because the phones are company property and employees are being paid to work. Employees seem to believe that their assigned phone is their phone and they can do with it as they please. It is a privilege to have a phone and employees seem to take their phones for granted.
Employee Privacy Rights in the Workplace Imagine you are writing a very personal email to a family relative and you don't want your work buddies to know about it. Well if your employer is reading your email for no particular reason, and one of the computer people just happen to say something that they may have read about someone's personal information, it is then disclosed. Employee privacy rights in the workplace are a very serious issue in today's society. Employee privacy rights in the workplace should be broken down into categories of who should know what about whom. I agree with having privacy act, but at the same time agree that if the viewers there selves aren't pertaining to the rules, and then they should be held responsible for violation of privacy.
Do we really have our privacy rights in the workplace? In today’s society we are so caught up with our rights that we often forget about work rules. If someone goes into my office or someone reads my email I feel violated and deprived of my rights. But the real question is, are these things my own to do with? In all reality if it is a private organization the person who owns the business is the owner of all offices and computers, so in that case you’re just using his stuff.
Electronic Monitoring and Workplace Privacy Workplace privacy is one of the biggest issues facing businesses today. Do you feel like you are being watched all the time, all your e-mails being read, and every key stroke is being monitored by your boss? Some people feel this way and that is why privacy in the workplace is a problem with many businesses today. Employees feel like they are not being trusted, or feel the company invades on their personal privacy, or violates their fourth amendment rights. On the other hand many businesses have many federal and state laws to follow, and must keep their assets safe, and their employees.
Some employers have taken it as far as punishing workers for their activities taken place off the clock. There is no law in place when it comes to workers privacy rights. According to “Workplace Privacy”, “disputes are resolved using some combination of federal, state and c... ... middle of paper ... ...ucial company information should always be monitored. Privacy in the workplace is a diverse subject; people have widely different views on what should happen. Laws should be in place for employees that protect them from companies using unreasonable private information for their own gain.
Telephone can also be a threat. If you are on the phone at work, your boss can listen in; your voice mail is also subject to monitoring. Employers own the phone system, so they can generally monitor it as they see well. Your boss can keep a record of the numbers you dial and how long you talk, and can listen to your voice mail messages, although there are some laws preventing companies from listening to employees personal calls. Furthermore Privacy can be divided into the following separate but related concepts: First of all we have the information Privacy or Data protection, which involves the establishment of rules governing the collection and handling of personal data such as credit information, and medical and government records.
Although personal emails and other aspects of one’s computer should have set privacy boundaries, computers and email addresses distributed by a corporation should be subject to monitoring. Employees should not expect privacy of any means on their work-mandated computer, especially in regard to emails. Although employees may feel violated by email monitoring, they are simply distracted by a false expectation of privacy. Despite these concerns, employers should have the right to monitor employee email because the motive to protect company liability, reputation and tangible assets is legitimate. In general, employers have the right to read their employee’s emails, unless there is a company policy or contract that assures complete privacy (Crowther 357-63).