Web Privacy at Work

Welcome to the internet revolution. We live in a time where the internet is as much of part of our lives as ever. It's available to us whenever we want, however we want. For most people, our lives are stored online, and we spend more time posting our thoughts and feelings on the web than actually speaking them to a physical person.

It's said that the average person spends 30-40 hours on the computer a week, and 3-4 of those hours are spent for personal reasons. It's no surprise those that the number of hours spent on the computer a week are closely similar to the amount of hours a person works each day. That's because the average person spends most of their on a computer at work (mind=blown).

So when employers discovered this astonishing statistic they began taking measures to ensure that their computers and employees were utilizing the internet (that they own) for legal and safe purposes. No surprise there, businesses want to maintain their integrity. But how far should they go? America is home to the 55hr work week. Most employees spend so much time at work that it's easy for their personal lives to overlap this includes utilizing their work time to check the likes of Facebook and personal email. Infact, the average American spends 45min a day on Facebook alone.

Where does this leave employers? Well it leaves a pretty good dilema in place. Employees dedicate a lot of "extra" time to their job and if employers are strict about them utilizing their computers for personal use then the moral and effeciency of an employee greatly deminshes. But, employers must be deligent in ensuring to what degree of personal use their computers are engaging in. So what is an employer to do? What are are they legally allowed to do? And what are employees willing to do?

All very good questions to be answered. The following are stories that shed some on just how complicated this situation is and what kind of problems it causes

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