Conduct Digital Surveillance Ethically and Legally: 2012 Update



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Monitoring of employee behavior in digital environments is on the rise, and is increasingly enabled by new technology and services. Surveillance of individuals can both mitigate and create risk, and must be managed carefully to comply with ethical and legal standards.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Introduction
    • Disambiguation: Monitoring, Surveillance and Investigation
    • Ethical and Legal Considerations
      • Spanning Multiple Cultures and Jurisdictions
      • Who Owns the Endpoint?
    • The Surveillance Program
      • Authority, Execution and Integration
      • Surveillance Charter
      • Monitoring and Surveillance Policy
      • Surveillance Operations Procedure
      • Authorization Process
      • Surveillance Data-Handling Protocol
      • Managing the Surveillance Program
  • Recommended Reading
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