USA: Google accused of developing tool to spy on organising employees, following protests

Author: Steven Musil, CNET, Published on: 25 October 2019

"Google accused of creating tool to spy on employees' organizing efforts", 23 October 2019

 Google's company leadership is being accused of developing an internal tool to keep tabs on employees' efforts to organize protests and discuss labor rights. The tool, installed on all workers' computers, would automatically report employees who schedule a calendar event with more than 10 rooms or 100 employees, according to an employee memo...

... The memo suggests that the tool "is an attempt of leadership to immediately learn about any workers organization attempts," Bloomberg reported...

...Google said...that the accusations...are "categorically false."

"This is a pop-up reminder that asks people to be mindful before auto-adding a meeting to the calendars of large numbers of employees," the company said... It also said the extension doesn't collect personally identifiable information and went through the company's standard privacy, security and legal reviews process...

 

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