77% of Americans Would Be OK Being Monitored At Work

By Aarthi Swaminathan | Yahoo Finance |

A new survey reveals that 77% of Americans are comfortable with their employer monitoring their digital activity — both on personal and work-issued devices they use to work on — as long as the company is transparent about it and lets them know up-front.

However, 70% said they would consider leaving their employer if they were monitored without being told up-front.

The study, which touches on the delicate issue of privacy in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, was a collaboration between cybersecurity company Dtex Systems and Harris Poll. 2,024 respondents 18 and older were surveyed, 833 of whom worked full-time.

“Users have an expectation that when you’re dealing with an enterprise, they assume some level of monitoring, but they want companies to be transparent of what people are doing and why,” said Christy Wyatt, CEO of Dtex.

She also pointed out that a big majority — 62% — was also comfortable with employers monitoring their activity if their information was anonymized, where their identity would be somewhat obscured.

Wyatt said that employees understand the rationale, as hackers are increasingly targeting them with phishing or scam emails aimed at compromising their company’s system.

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