Some employers track employees during their private lives with the GPS on their cell phone.
New developments in technology are on a collision course with the privacy of American employees. Employers monitor everything employees say and do at work by reading e-mail, eavesdropping on telephone calls, and spying on employees with hidden cameras, sometimes in bathrooms and locker rooms.
Even privacy in our private lives is under attack as employers track off-duty employees with GPS equipped cell phones and fire people for smoking and drinking in their own homes.
Our privacy is undermined even before we are hired by review of personal medical records, and genetic discrimination.
Genetic testing uses laboratory methods to look at your genes, which are the DNA instructions you inherit from your mother and your father. Genetic tests may be used to identify increased risks of health problems, to choose treatments, or to assess responses to treatments. It can also be used to determine innocence and guilt and that can be a very slippery slope.
Employers monitor e-mail, Internet access, stored documents, and virtually everything else you say and do on your office computer, even if the information is personal. Even our home computers are increasingly subject to monitoring.
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