45% of US employers monitor employee computer usage and keystrokes

45% of US employers monitor employee computer usage and keystrokes

Summary: In 2001 19% of US employers told ePolicy institute they were monitoring time logged on and keystrokes. In 2005, it was 36%. In 2007 that number had grown to 45%.

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In 2001 19% of US employers told ePolicy institute they were monitoring time logged on and keystrokes. In 2005, it was 36%. In 2007 that number had grown to 45%.

Topics: CXO, Hardware

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  • Anyone care to bet....

    ....that employees that are not monitored, are taken well care of, and have plenty of work to do are more productive than employees that are monitored, are not taken well care of, and have plenty of work to do?
    Taz_z
    • I'll pass...

      Because you are probably right.

      But, fact is this is becomming the United States of China :(
      BitTwiddler
      • Possible litigation may be driving the monitoring...

        Also, aren't employers now required, by mandate, to keep
        that data in case they're called on the carpet. Last year I
        read about an employer having to share that type of data
        in a court proceeding.

        Employers are more often being held accountable for what
        their employees do on line. As a CYA employers will
        monitor computer usage.

        That's why respectfully I disagree with you about US of
        China.
        BubbaJones_
        • Re: Possible litigation may be driving the monitoring...

          [i]Also, aren't employers now required, by mandate...[/i]

          What do you mean, "by mandate?" Is there a law that says employers must log and retain employees' keystrokes? Can you provide a link?

          Also, since even the CEO is an employee, are their keystrokes logged as well?


          [i]Employers are more often being held accountable for what
          their employees do on line.[/i]

          Do you mean if I libel someone in a Talkback while I'm on company time, my employer can be sued? Can you provide some references because that is seriously troubling.



          :)
          none none
          • None None: Google is your friend...

            You do the research. Here's an excerpt: Under federal law,
            the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), allows
            companies to monitor their employees' email when one of
            the following three provisions are met; one of the parties
            has given consent; there is a legitimate business reason; or
            the company needs to protect itself.

            All companies I've had dealings with have it in their
            employee information packet that the company will be
            monitoring all computer use; whether they actually do is
            another thing.

            Read what happened in Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

            On this side of the Atlantic Ocean the case of Western
            Provident - v - Norwich Union stands out as a libel by e-
            mail. Read about Norwich Union were held vicariously liable
            for the defamatory comments of its employees which it
            was held were carried out in the normal course of the
            employees work.

            To your final paragraph: "Do you mean if I libel someone in
            a Talkback while I'm on company time, my employer can
            be sued? Can you provide some references because that is
            seriously troubling." From all that I've read the answer is
            "yes". Again you use Google, or search engine of your
            choice.

            Do remember lawyers can sue anyone for anything. It isn't
            that the person knew something was happening, was
            involved, nor possibly there when it happened it's that
            they should have know, foresaw the possibility of it
            happening then taken appropriate steps to prevent it. Even
            then you might loose.

            Think about a pool in your yard. You put up a fence, signs
            to keep out, send letters to neighbors asking them to keep
            their children away etc.. A child climbs the fence get
            injured or dies the law treats it as an attractive nuisance;
            you're still liable.

            Hey I don't like this any more than you...
            BubbaJones_
  • RE: 45?0of US employers monitor employee computer usage and keystrokes

    I think if they are going to monitor, they should let people know what they are doing.
    PcJunkie
  • RE: 45???0of US employers monitor employee computer usage and keystrokes

    Most of the companies use Spytech Netvizor to monitor their employees. http://www.spy-tech-monitoring.com/spytech-netvizor.html
    closebeauty
  • RE: 45???0of US employers monitor employee computer usage and keystrokes

    IMonitor's Employee Activity Monitor is the better and all-in-one solution.
    imonitor