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Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillance

The Guardian – “Microsoft has been criticised for enabling “workplace surveillance” after privacy campaigners warned that the company’s “productivity score” feature allows managers to use Microsoft 365 to track their employees’ activity at an individual level. The tools, first released in 2019, are designed to “provide you visibility into how your organisation works”, according to a Microsoft blogpost, and aggregate information about everything from email use to network connectivity into a headline percentage for office productivity. But by default, reports also let managers drill down into data on individual employees, to find those who participate less in group chat conversations, send fewer emails, or fail to collaborate in shared documents…”

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 22, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 22, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Cheating-detection companies made millions during the pandemic. Now students are fighting back.

Washington Post -“With remote proctors watching them take tests, some worry that even leaving for the bathroom will brand them as cheats…“Online proctoring” companies saw in coronavirus shutdowns a chance to capitalize on a major reshaping of education, selling schools a high-tech blend of webcam-watching workers and eye-tracking software designed to catch students cheating on… Continue Reading

Turn Off Gmail’s ‘Smart’ Features to Avoid Tracking

Lifehacker: “Google collects data on everything you do while using its products and services. Sometimes this data is sold to advertisers; sometimes it’s used to make it easier to use Google’s products. For example, Google uses data from Gmail, Chat, and Meet to make the entire Google user experience more convenient, like how it’ll learn… Continue Reading

Firefox 83 arrives with HTTPS-Only Mode and faster performance

VentureBeat: “Mozilla today launched Firefox 83 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Firefox 83 includes an HTTPS-Only Mode, performance improvements, and a handful of new developer features. You can download Firefox 83 for desktop now from Firefox.com, and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically. According to Mozilla, Firefox has about 225… Continue Reading

Employee surveillance software demand increased as workers transitioned to home working

ZDNet – “What does the rise of intrusive tools such as employee surveillance software mean for workers at home? A new study shows that the demand for employee surveillance software was up 55% in June 2020 compared to the pre-pandemic average. From webcam access to random screenshot monitoring, these surveillance software products can record almost… Continue Reading

Gifting a gadget? Check its creep factor on Mozilla’s ‘Privacy not included’ list of shame

TechCrunch: “Buying someone a gadget is a time-honored tradition, but these days it can be particularly fraught, considering you may buy them a fitness tracker that also monitors emotions, or a doorbell that snitches to the cops. Mozilla has put together a helpful list of popular gadgets with ratings on just how creepy they are.… Continue Reading

FTC Requires Zoom to Enhance its Security Practices as Part of Settlement

“The Federal Trade Commission today announced a settlement with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. that will require the company to implement a robust information security program to settle allegations that the video conferencing provider engaged in a series of deceptive and unfair practices that undermined the security of its users. Zoom has agreed to a requirement to… Continue Reading