Big Brother, Inc.

Why are businesses spying on their own employees more and more? Because they can.

The trouble is, most workers aren't willing to risk a paycheck in a time when good jobs are hard to come by. "If someone has to choose between ripping out a camera and feeding their kids," says Maltby, "what choice do they have? They keep putting food on the table and live with the camera. People are still human enough to know that there is something wrong with a hidden camera in their office, but they also know their options are very limited. A job is a job." CP

If you'd like more information on workplace privacy, you can contact the ACLU's Workplace Rights Office at 212-944-9800; the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union at 522-0219; or the national office of the Communications Workers of America at 202-434-1300.

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