Privacy in the Workplace

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Explain where an employee can reasonably expect to have privacy in the workplace.

Privacy in the workplace is very hard to get. Advancements in technology have been made that allow companies to monitor every aspect of an employee use of their systems. This is very evident if you have a job that involves you to be on the telephones. Companies are able to listen to each phone that is made, see every website that you have visited and read any email you have received. For example, I used to work at AMEX call center, and they were able to monitor each call through a system called N.I.C.E.. Through this system the company was able to monitor my calls for quality control reasons. However, if I made a phone call for personal reasons they
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Electronic surveillance is almost a way of life in the United States. Everything from law enforcement, military, government, banks, parking facilities and etc use electronic surveillance. It is usually put into place to enhance the security for people and property, detect wrongful or lawful activities or the interception of information that if let out to the public could be harmful and embarrassing to the company. The only place within a company that I know of that you can’t have surveillance is in the restrooms. So, I think that Herman’s use of surveillance is sufficient. In business you have to keep your competitive advantage and if an insider who knows your business workings lets it out, that business could quickly be at a disadvantage.
Explain to what extent an employer can engage in electronic surveillance of employees.
An employer can engage in surveillance of employees at almost any extent possible. As I mentioned earlier an employer surveillance can include keystroke monitoring, reviewing emails, reviewing instant messages, monitoring of conversations, monitoring time spent on the phones as well as the numbers called, video surveillance, drug testing and satellite technology to monitor use of company cars, and cell phones. As long as an employee is using their networks and their systems, cars, cell phones and credit cards, the company can monitor you.
Explain to what extent the
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