Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace: If People Don't Care, Then What is the Relevance?

Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace: If People Don't Care, Then What is the Relevance?

Bernd Carsten Stahl (De Montfort University, UK), Mary Prior (De Montfort University, UK), Sara Wilford (Warwick University, UK) and Dervla Collins (Iota Localisation Services, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-456-9.ch004
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Abstract

This chapter will start with a discussion of three different pieces of research concerning surveillance. The first study looks at the perception of surveillance by some of those people who supervise and implement it; namely, information systems or information technology professionals. The next study investigates students’ perception of surveillance in their university, while the last one is an in-depth study of two organisations with regard to surveillance. The combining factor of these three studies is that the subjects do not necessarily see surveillance as problematic. Given this surprising finding, this chapter will recount the arguments for and against surveillance as found in the literature. This will lead to a discussion of the reasons why individuals often do not seem to mind surveillance, despite good evidence that it may be psychologically, morally, socially, and even economically harmful. The chapter will end with a discussion of what these findings can mean for people interested in surveillance.

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Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
Joseph Migga Kizza, Jackline Ssanyu
This chapter identifies factors that are encouraging the growth in the monitoring of employees at work and investigates the reasons for this growth.... Sample PDF
Workplace Surveillance
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Chapter 2
Peter Danielson
Many problems in the ethics of technology arise because our ethical conventions take time to adapt to our technology. Workplace surveillance is a... Sample PDF
Ethics of Workplace Surveillance Games
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Chapter 3
Matthew Warren, Shona Leitch
Organisations spend large sums of money to ensure that they are protected against the risks associated with external threats. The perceived threats... Sample PDF
The Ethics of Hacking and Computer Abuse: Australian Case Studies
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Chapter 4
Bernd Carsten Stahl, Mary Prior, Sara Wilford, Dervla Collins
This chapter will start with a discussion of three different pieces of research concerning surveillance. The first study looks at the perception of... Sample PDF
Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace: If People Don't Care, Then What is the Relevance?
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Chapter 5
Brian L. Zirkle, William G. Staples
In this chapter, we explore the ways that employees at a large, corporate retail store consent to and challenge the in-store video surveillance... Sample PDF
Negotiating Workplace Surveillance
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Chapter 6
David Zweig
This chapter explores the possibility that electronic performance monitoring violates the basic psychological boundary between the employer and... Sample PDF
Beyond Privacy and Fairness Concerns: Examining Psychological Boundary Violations as a Consequence of Electronic Performance Monitoring
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Chapter 7
Carl Botan, Mihaela Vorvoreanu
This chapter focuses on the unintended effects that accompany the use of information technology for surveillance in the workplace, in particular the... Sample PDF
What Do Employees Think about Electronic Surveillance at Work?
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Chapter 8
Christopher Brien
This chapter examines workplace monitoring in Australia. Competing interests between those of employees and employers are outlined. Recent decisions... Sample PDF
Establishing Boundaries: Employees, Employers and Workplace Monitoring
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Chapter 9
David Casacuberta
The main aim of this chapter is to analyse the contradictions among several verdicts in Spain about the legality of digital monitoring in the... Sample PDF
Loaded Metaphors: Legal Explanations on Monitoring the Workplace in Spain
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Chapter 10
Brian M. O’Connell
This chapter will examine the development and convergence of two abstract concepts: academic freedom and electronic monitoring. It will consider... Sample PDF
Electronic Monitoring in the American Academy
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Chapter 11
Soraj Hongladarom
This chapter proposes a new way of coping with the problem of electronic surveillance, which is derived from Buddhist teaching. Many dominant... Sample PDF
Electronic Surveillance in the Workplace: A Buddhist Perspective
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Chapter 12
Steve Clarke
The use of electronic monitoring devices in the workplaces of the private sector of capitalist economies is considered from the vantage-point of the... Sample PDF
Informed Consent and Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace
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Chapter 13
Emma Rooksby, Natasha Cica
In this chapter we suggest a significant cause for concern about electronic surveillance in the workplace, namely the moral and political value of... Sample PDF
Personal Autonomy and Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace
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Chapter 14
Seumas Miller
This chapter is concerned with the use of communication and computer technology to surveil and monitor the performance and activity of police... Sample PDF
Guarding the Guards: The Right to Privacy, and Workplace Surveillance and Monitoring in Policing
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Chapter 15
Stephen Coleman
This chapter discusses the monitoring of employee e-mail and Internet usage in the context of the international nature of most modern business. Its... Sample PDF
Universal Human Rights and Employee Privacy: Questioning Employer Monitoring of Computer Usage
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