Workplace Surveillance: How Your Boss Is Spying On You

It’s called ‘tattleware’ or ‘bossware’, software that companies are increasingly using to monitor their employees in the office and at home. Employers can track keystrokes and mouse clicks, listen to and read conversations, and use a computer’s webcam to take photos, sometimes every minute. Companies’ use of these surveillance technologies increased during the pandemic with the shift to remote working, when managers were no longer able to keep tabs on workers in the office. This hour, the rise of workplace surveillance technologies – we’ll discuss what’s being tracked, if it’s even productive, and how employees can protect their privacy.


J.S. Nelsonvisiting scholar at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation and co-author of Business ethics: what everyone should know. She is writing a book on worker surveillance.

We recommend

The New York Times, The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score – “Across all industries and by income, more employees are being tracked, recorded and ranked. What is won, companies say, is efficiency and accountability. What is lost?

The Guardian“Bossware Happens for Almost Every Worker”: The Software You May Not Realize Is Watching You: “Computer monitoring software helps companies spy on employees to measure their productivity, often without their consent.”

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