CNBC reports on the continued rise of employers monitoring their staff in the workplace and whether privacy laws offer any protection from the practices. A 2018 Gartner study found 22% of companies around the world use employee-movement data, 17% monitor work-computer use, and 16% examine Microsoft Outlook and calendar data. Amazon recently received a patent to detect warehouse workers’ location, while Walmart patented a system to listen in on their employees and customers. “Employees are in a difficult position. As more and more consumer privacy laws take shape, we’ve seen that there’s been a concern from companies that those privacy laws don’t apply to employees,” Electronic Frontier Foundation Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien said.
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