Ik kwam via Slashdot bij dit artikeltje van Techweb, over de Investigator 2.0 zachtwaar van WinWhatWhere. Hiermee wordt het mogelijk om onzichtbaar het gedrag van werknemers te monitoren, wat uiteraard een grove inbraak is op de privacy van deze personen (laat al die *.philips.nl en *.nl.ibm.com lui s'middags toch lekker naar Tweakers.net surfen ):
A super stealthy software covertly monitors all keyboard and application activity, then invisibly e-mails a detailed report to the employees' boss. While it bolsters IT's ability to monitor workplace computer usage, it troubles privacy advocates.
The newly upgraded software, Investigator 2.0 from WinWhatWhere, runs silently, unseen by the end-user as it gathers exacting details on every keystroke touched, every menu item clicked, all the entries into a chat room, every instant message sent and all e-commerce transactions.
[...] "Employers who practice this kind of monitoring don't have a clue as to what they are getting into," Maltby said. "People now turn to the Web for all kinds of information, including information about the most sensitive personal issues imaginable. If you are a member of [Alcoholics Anonymous], 20 years ago, you went to a meeting. Today, you are just as likely to talk to your support group over the Web. The same is true for incest survivors and people who are HIV positive. If you want to pry into your employees' deepest, darkest secrets, there couldn't be a better way."
Workplace electronic monitoring calls out for new privacy legislation, Maltby said, adding it is illegal for employers to listen in on an employee's telephone call to a spouse. But the same conversation over e-mail could be read and posted on a bulletin board. No legislation to address the issue is currently pending.