14/12/2021

ZDNet

Report examines negative effects of employee monitoring

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre is concerned that the increase in remote employee monitoring and surveillance tools is threatening staff trust and commitment. Kirstie Ball, who authored the JRC report, said that workplace surveillance and monitoring has grown throughout the pandemic, creating “heavily datafied work; surveillance algorithms allocating work and rewarding work, and there is no human contact to mitigate it.” Ball said employees can find workplace surveillance “invasive, authoritarian or excessive.” Infosecurity Magazine recently reported that one-third of staff being monitored by employers. 

In a related piece, Privacy International has partnered with Worker Info Exchange and App Drivers and Couriers Union to fight for the rights of gig economy workers who are increasingly under surveillance from their employers. PI publish an open letter to gig economy companies about surveillance of their workers.

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