July 9, 2001

Study: Someone is watching you

Author: JT Smith

ZDNET: "Up to 14 million U.S. workers are subject to continuous surveillance of their e-mail and
Internet use, according to a new study.

That means roughly one of every three of the 40 million employees using e-mail or the Internet
on the job are monitored, the Privacy Foundation says in a statement announcing the report, to
be released Monday. Worldwide, 100 million workers, or about 27 percent, are monitored, the
nonprofit group said.

The study was based on financial reports from companies that sell software that helps employers
monitor online activities. The most popular software surveillance packages are Websense for
tracking Internet use and MIMEsweeper for scrutinizing e-mail, the foundation said."

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