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Businesses Seek Constant Surveillance of Employees' Activities

Millions of workers poring over brackets rather than spreadsheets. Office computers used for streaming the day's big game instead of reviewing the boss's latest memo. An estimated $1.2 billion lost in productivity across the country. That's where businesses like his come in, he said. Using software his company developed -- and has sold to two other companies -- he pulled up reports showing the names of every worker in his office, the Web sites they visited that day and total minutes they spent Web surfing. "Amazing, isn't it?" he asked. Scary is another word that comes to mind.

Technology Is Watching The Watchers, Washington Post, March 16, 2007.