Big Tech firms are rapidly encroaching on freedoms.
People are slowly understanding the consequences of the digital age.
Now Big Tech is encouraging employees to do one nightmarish thing.
China is attempting to perfect the surveillance state, and the rest of the world is catching up.
Companies are now pressuring remote employees to install surveillance equipment in their homes in order to monitor performance.
NBC News reports:
“Colombia-based call center workers who provide outsourced customer service to some of the nation’s largest companies are being pressured to sign a contract that lets their employer install cameras in their homes to monitor work performance . . . Six workers based in Colombia for Teleperformance, one of the world’s largest call center companies, which counts Apple, Amazon and Uber among its clients, said that they are concerned about the new contract, first issued in March.”
Monitoring employees in their homes is a flagrant violation of privacy.
Worse yet, the surveillance could pick up family members also living in the house.
NBC News continued:
“The contract allows monitoring by AI-powered cameras in workers’ homes, voice analytics and storage of data collected from the worker’s family members, including minors. Teleperformance employs more than 380,000 workers globally, including 39,000 workers in Colombia.”
Social media sites and web browsers have shown a willingness to use and sell data to advertisers and who knows who else.
It’s unsettling to think that companies would have access to people’s homes.
NBC News added:
“‘The contract allows constant monitoring of what we are doing, but also our family,’ said a Bogota-based worker on the Apple account who was not authorized to speak to the news media. ‘I think it’s really bad. We don’t work in an office. I work in my bedroom. I don’t want to have a camera in my bedroom.’”
This could be where telecommuting is headed as some companies choose to phase out brick-and-mortar operations.
The loss of privacy has become a serious issue as more of people’s lives move online.
Threats to freedom are coming from new sources, so citizens have to remain vigilant about protecting privacy and civil liberties.
As COVID-19 has shown, a significant portion of the population is willing to go along with whatever authorities tell them.
They’ve become too complacent in giving up freedoms that they will struggle to get back.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.