So I go running (or try to) every day when I’m home and am able to make time for it. And when I go running I like to listen to something so it isn’t just me focusing on running but my brain has something to work with too. Usually the thing I put on is podcasts and more specifically one called Stuff You Should Know which is a podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. In this podcast Josh Clark and Charles “Chuck” (or Chuckers) Bryant wherein they explain a bunch of stuff in a very 101 orientated way.
One of the things they did last June was one on the legality of whether employers can spy on you in the work place. The short answer is that employers do indeed have the legal right to spy on you because the store is their property, the merchandise is their property and as long as you know you’re being spied on (which can sometimes come in the form of a user agreement no one would reasonably expect you to read) the courts will likely side with your employer.
Anyways, it’s not all gloom and dome…well actually, okay, most of it is. Especially since the “legitimate reason” employers can use to spy on employees can be (surprise!) fairly broad in practice.
But don’t take my word for it, read this description and give the podcast a listen while you’re at it:
Your employer may be secretly reading your emails, watching what websites you visit and tracking your whereabouts through your phone. And because of how the courts have ruled, there’s nothing you can do about it. Learn all about employer spying here.
As the old saying goes: Shit’s fucked up and bullshit.