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How Your Boss Can Track Your Every Move on Virtual Tools?

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Slack, Zoom, and Teams are examples of collaboration technologies that provide ease, but with a hidden cost: a lack of privacy. Discover how your boss may be watching you more closely than you realize in this in-depth investigative study that explores the topic of employee monitoring.

The Platforms:

Slack: Bosses have access to all conversations, including private ones, and can monitor staff behaviour using tools like "workspace settings."
Zoom: Bosses using business accounts have access to meeting minutes, chat transcripts, and cloud recordings, even with privacy-focused features like separate accounts.
Microsoft Teams: Bosses can keep an eye on your activity status, view all of your chats, calls, and meetings, and even follow the apps you use within Teams.
Google Workspace: Bosses with higher-tier plans can access a "Vault" that holds data, chat logs, emails, and even drafts.
Microsoft Teams

Beyond Collaboration Tools: The Rise of Bossware

Beyond basic platform functionalities, dedicated monitoring softwares such as Hubstaff, InterGuard, Teramind, and TimeCamp also known as bossware takes things a step further. These softwares can: Track social media usage: Monitors what apps you use, and how long you use them for, and even records your keystrokes on private accounts. Take screenshots: Capture your desktop activity periodically. Record keystrokes and mouse movements: Track your "activeness" throughout the day. AI-powered "risk scoring":  Utilize AI to combine employee data and forecast future job search activity or dissatisfaction.

How Your Boss Can Track Your Every Move on Virtual Tools?

Is it Legal?

Federal rules prohibiting bossware use do not yet exist, while some states do need notification for monitoring. States like New York, meanwhile, are looking into legislation to restrict its application and guarantee responsible execution.

What Can You Do?

The safest course of action is, regrettably, to assume no privacy. Try keeping your Microsoft Teams status active or, if you feel like it might go against workplace policy, utilize a mouse jiggler for basic monitoring. You could only be able to assess your job satisfaction and look into different options if your bossware is obtrusive.

The Takeaway:

Although there are many advantages to virtual cooperation, there is a privacy trade-off. Be aware of your online activities and your rights, but keep in mind that perfect privacy in these workspaces may be difficult to achieve.

By Monica Green

I am specialised in latest tech and tech discoveries.


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