Computer Surveillance : The Legal Realm, Public Perception And Criticism

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Computer surveillance refers to the use of computers to track the activity of individuals at the workplace. It is a common practice especially in industries that have a large number of employees whom they cannot monitor in person. The research will examine computer monitoring as one of the methods which the management uses to monitor employee activity at the workplace. The researcher will examine the advantages of computer monitoring at the workplace in detail in relation to the legal realm, public perception and criticism. Firms store most of their data in the computer database. In fact, many companies rely on computer networks to communicate with its employees, stakeholders and clients.
It has been proved that computers help a business ease its activities such as record keeping, monitoring employees and word processing among others. However, the use of computers in the work place breeds concerns such as security threats and privacy issues. Computer systems are not only prone to hackers but also other security issues that may compromise the company’s activities and social integrity. The research will probe into some of the advantages and disadvantages of computer surveillance.

Keywords: Surveillance, Computer Surveillance, work place, employer, employee, Monitoring, Productivity
Definition of the Keywords
Surveillance: a close assessment of an individual’s activities especially in suspected cases of wrongdoing to deter them from engaging in activities prohibited by the
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