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Microsoft Seeks Patent For Office 'spy' Software

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Now this really is scary!

 

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

 

The Times has seen a patent application filed by the company for a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. The system would allow managers to monitor employees’ performance by measuring their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure. Unions said they fear that employees could be dismissed on the basis of a computer’s assessment of their physiological state.

Technology allowing constant monitoring of workers was previously limited to pilots, firefighters and Nasa astronauts. This is believed to be the first time a company has proposed developing such software for mainstream workplaces.

 

The US Patent Office confirmed last night that the application was published last month, 18 months after being filed. Patent lawyers said that it could be granted within a year.

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Thats out orwelled Orwell.

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Most of my work stress is caused by f*#*ing Microsoft products.

 

This is just more of the same old 'we can do this now', without thinking about the 'should we do this' a major problem over the last 10 years. Personally, I would see most of this data collection as an invasion of my privacy, and would take them to data protection under existing law.

 

Much of this stuff exists in existing lie detector and other equipment, so I don't know what's patentable about it. I'd guess this is mostly aimed at home workers, but I'd reconsider working for a company that employed such technology - or wind them up by getting my cat to sit near the computer when I took a break (that'll confuse em!).

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Hugh Tomlinson, QC, an expert on data protection law at Matrix Chambers, told The Times: “This system involves intrusion into every single aspect of the lives of the employees."

'Matrix' He He

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Most of my work stress is caused by f*#*ing Microsoft products.

 

You're always blathering on here so much with your tin-foil hat on I'm surprised you get any work done... ;)

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I wonder if the employees of Microsoft who are tasked with writing this software would consider themselves better performers if they were monitored that closely?

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Most of my work stress is caused by f*#*ing Microsoft products.

 

You're always blathering on here so much with your tin-foil hat on I'm surprised you get any work done... ;)

What's tin-hat about this - it's in development subject to patents I imagine? Don't you have any problems being monitored by such as this?

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