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American companies spy on their employees

American companies spy on their employees

In 2000, Americans were monitored more closely at their workplace than ever before. Privacy Foundation, a US data protection organization, published an analysis according to which two thirds of the large American companies spy on their employees with electronic surveillance and 27% of the companies even control e-mail traffic.

'The private use of e-mail and the Internet lowers the productivity of employees, 'is what most companies say. In September, Dow Chemical fired 24 of its employees and warned 235 for storing images of sex and/or violence on their company computer and even distributing them from their computer. Similar cases are known at Xerox, the New York Times and the CIA.

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