Employee Surveillance Software

This doesn’t bode well for those who work from home.

But here’s my question: suppose you’re working from home, but are using Linux. Would you be affected by the software on the list. (Supposing it’s possible to do the work on a linux machine).

I don’t know yet how this affects Europeans.
But i’ve read that in the Netherlands, the army was gathering intelligence (on/about?) it’s citizens and handing out the information to interrested parties. Who needs software? Defense will cover that. :face_vomiting:
Source:https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/11/16/willen-we-dat-defensie-alles-weet-a4020275#/next/2020/11/17/#108 (It’s in Dutch, i don’t know if there’s an english version available).

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Funnily enough I cannot open this link, because I’m working from home on Intel’s VPN and the page is blocked there.

But I don’t see why similar software couldn’t work under Linux.

This is so dumb to me. Your employees are going to do their jobs. You have no reason to spy on them. This is abusive. You can’t squeeze blood from a stone.

Not too far off ago, at least in the USA, this kind of thing would force workers to give an abusive business owner a hairy and life changing experience off the books. This experience would usually curb the abusive behavior.

Why go back to that old way of life?

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This is very disturbing.

I’d love to see a follow-up article on how to detect such software…and a list of companies that employ such software.

Nothing good will ever come from this type of business practice.

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This thread was featured and discussed in the Community Feedback section of Episode 201 of Destination Linux.

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Regarding the interview with Tutanota, this article could serve as a nice reminder that privacy is a must these days. The main thing here is that a US court ordered google to hand over e-mails regarding the case. I don’t know if google has to comply, but this can get very ugly indeed.

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I’d be interested to know if the courts could compel Tutanota to release the identity of the user, or even to modify their servers in a way to intercept the encryption keys and/or then compel the user to release their emails in a similar situation.

Good question. Seeing that Germany is part of the 14-eyes alliance, they could get confronted with this problem.

I was asking myself the same question as Tutanota is one of the two email providers I’m interested in nowadays. Germany is also a prominent advocate for backdoors.

I am still about to listen to the show but I know Tutanota was obliged or forced various times by German courts to compel. Though I have no details about it.

At least in one case from this year they refused to make a backdoor and in the end the decision was accepted by the courts. The article about that is in German.

It seems microsoft is adding a few things to its software too…

hahahahaha oh man. Microsoft suuuuuucks.

Another “productivity innovation” which mysteriously doesn’t work on management, only workers.

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