ITers unfazed by surveillance
While companies are embroiled in a war with the Government over whether the security services should have access to their encrypted corporate e-mail systems, it seems some employees aren't too bothered about a bit of surveillance in the workplace, writes Antony Savvas.

Network camera provider Axis Communications ran a competition to find users' most appropriate use of its products, and found that 47% welcomed workplace surveillance. In addition, 26% were in favour of special camera attention being paid to the server room to protect network security.

One respondent says, "We would want a camera to keep an eye on the office and contract staff outside working hours. A number of PC cards have mysteriously disappeared from some of our workstations and the culprit has not been found."

Others have more self-centred motives, saying that Web-based cameras could be used to monitor their homes while at work. However, why bother being at work in the first place?

Has it not occurred to network support staff that they can simply watch the server room over the Internet, and only have to come into work once the red light goes out on the box?

Axis admits this is one use, but don't expect it to be part of the sales pitch to the boss.

Watch out

Do you think surveillance at work is a good thing or not? Send your views to: cwxtra@rbi.co.uk


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This was first published in August 2000

 

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