Violation of privacy is a common feature of the digital age. Internet users have already accustomed to spy malware and malicious programs that aim to sneak important data from their personal devices. But what can be done if their privacy is violated at work?
These days many employers monitor internet traffic of their subordinates to increase productivity. The majority of companies also watch emails, phone calls, and computer files of the staff. Some of them also require access to private social media accounts of the employers to check that no confidential information leaks through these accounts. In some cases, employees are fired for the misuse of the internet or emails. Though regulation of the internet traffic is quite legal in the workplace, employers remain concerned about their staff using social networks. Currently, 25 states have enacted social media privacy laws that allow employers to demand an access to social media accounts of the staff.
While monitoring employee’s internet traffic seems very reasonable, surveillance over the private accounts looks like an utter trespass as if an employer came to visit their subordinates at their home without an invitation. It is still admissible for managers to search for the social media accounts of the applicants to judge on their reputation. But looking through private messages is blatant from employers. Confidential corporate data is a top priority for managers, but it is not really worth firing people for writing in a personal email that their boss does not quite meet their expectations. Corporate privacy policies seem outrageous to those who work in over self-protective companies, but there is still no sign of policies that would prohibit employers from getting an access to private accounts.