Nowhere to run, no where to hide?

A very interesting story about electronic surveillance in the workplace graces the pages of The Times today.

I think the title sums up the development very well - Microsoft seeks patent for office 'spy' software (Alexi Mostrous and David Brown).

In more detail:

- Microsoft is developing Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a worker’s productivity, physical wellbeing and competence.

- It's a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism.

- It would allow managers to monitor employees’ performance by measuring their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure.

It's early days yet, but you just feel the marketing people working away right now coming up with biggest load of phony corporate rhetoric - to convince employees that it's all about their welfare and prosperity - that the corporate world as ever seen.

The reader comments that come with the article certainly go far beyond my criticisms.

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