-pops- 10:17 11 Jun 2003

Not quite the subject of the current poll but:

Employers could face prosecution if they snoop on workers' emails and telephone calls without their knowledge, the Government has warned.

Intrusive monitoring must be justified and in almost all cases staff have to be informed, advice from Information Commissioner Richard Thomas says.

The Employment Practices Data Protection Code says employers should comply with the Data Protection Act."

From Teletext News. 11 June 2003

  PC Advisor. 11:49 11 Jun 2003

Thanks for that - pops. We hadn't picked up on this story.

  -pops- 11:56 11 Jun 2003

You're welcome. It's on Ceefax as well.


  Gaz 25 12:25 11 Jun 2003

Thats intresting, most employers do this aswell.

  carver 14:22 11 Jun 2003

The problem with most of the people who use spy ware is that if they aren't bothered about the privacy of their staff, their aren't bothered about the law.

  -pops- 14:39 11 Jun 2003

OK but, it gives the employee a better insight into the law and what may be done if this snooping is going on in the workplace.


  Big Elf 15:13 11 Jun 2003

My employer monitors internal and external emails but as they have advised all staff of this by email (which had to be replied to confirming acceptance) and regularly post email rules on the internal website I assume they would not be in breach of the DPA.

  snoresloudly 15:16 11 Jun 2003

don't see what the problem is, at work we all have it written into our contracts that company e-mail is to be used for company business ONLY, any/all may be read at any time and any voilation will result in " a word with the governor" it is also company policy that all e-mails are scanned for swear words and certain trigger words, at the same time all logs of websites visited are monitored and anyone found visiting porn/recruitment sites/warez etc had better have a good excuse ready!!! as we have all read and signed this contract (therefore accepting it) we can hardly moan when we breach it. As for telephone calls, we work in a small enough enviroment that if we are calling auntie doris in aus everyone will soon know anyway!!!

  Murray 16:17 11 Jun 2003

interesting that thet effectively stop you from accessing recruitment sites - a bit cheeky in some ways. "You will never leave us!"

  -pops- 16:41 11 Jun 2003

Many years ago (well befor the internet, even fax) I worked in a government funded research station. All the trade an professional journal in the library there were all at least six months out of date so that any jobs would have been well gone.

Trying to carry out research relying on out of date information is not easy!;-))


  recap 17:38 11 Jun 2003

At my place of work, I am the adminstrator and all employees and visitors to our two centres are verbaly told of the restrictions of both email and Internet use. This is when they either start as an employee or as a member of a centre. We also have the Computer misuse act and an Acceptable use policy displayed. I can monitor any emails whether they are incoming or outgoing if I so wished plus any Interner sites. In my time working here I have only had to implement this monitoring once, the result was an exclusion on a member from using the systems in either of our centres.

To the poll, at home my children use the Internet most days and I have only had to question one of my sons once over his Internet usage. This was done without having to use any extra utility for snooping. As for my wife, she doesn't know enough to go surfing or even send an email.

My answer would have to be yes to monitoring but only for security reasons.

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