BIDEN ADMIN WANTS TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO WORK UNDER CONSTANT WORKER SURVEILLANCE SOFTWARE
It’s quite possible as you’re reading this that you have switched away from your work computer to use your phone or another device to do so. Or maybe you even walked away from your work computer to read this in the bathroom, or somewhere else. If that’s so, it may be because you know that your employer is using worker surveillance software to monitor every move, every keystroke, mouse click and every conversation you have. I can only imagine what that feels like, and it must feel awful, stifling, and constantly stressful. So, I’m pretty happy to hear that the Biden Administration is now taking a long, hard look at worker surveillance software.
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And if you are one of the unlucky number that work in their own professional panopticon (as in: always monitored like in a prison or some schools), the Biden Administration wants to hear from you about it. But even more, they want to hear from you from it. The Biden Administration announced their request for public information on May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day (aka yesterday). They want to know more, ostensibly and possibly from you, about all the ways that your respective bosses are trying to automate productivity tracking.
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WORKER SURVEILLANCE SOFTWARE CAUSES STRESS, COULD CAUSE WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION
So why is the Biden Administration taking a look at this, long and hard? For one, worker surveillance software can cause employees to work and move too fast on the job, which can risk their safety and mental health. And surveilling people’s conversations can obviously get in the way of their rights to organize and collectively bargain (think: Unions). And, of course, automated surveillance could easily influence worker discrimination when it comes to salary and discipline. But don’t worry wannabe Big Brother employers, the Biden Administration wants to hear from you, as well.