Employee Monitoring: Evaluative Surveillance v. Privacy
Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 10, pp. 697-709, July 2000
13 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2011 Last revised: 6 Mar 2018
Date Written: December 15, 2011
In this paper I will address the tension between evaluative surveillance and privacy against the backdrop of the current explosion of information technology. More specifically, and after a brief analysis and justification of privacy rights, I will argue that knowledge of the different kinds of surveillance used at any given company should be made explicit to the employees. Moreover, there will be certain kinds of evaluative monitoring that violate privacy rights and should not be used in most cases. As we shall see, certain jobs may warrant a smaller domain of privacy. We should not conclude, however, that the arguments used in these cases are easily generalized.
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