Do you ever feel like somebody's watching you? In the workplace, most especially, do you sometimes sense that your every move is being tracked, every word you utter is being scrutinized, every keyboard click being logged? Well, welcome to the club, you are not alone.
About a year ago, Telegraph journalists spotted small black boxes under their desks. These boxes had "OccupEye" labels on them and the news firm claimed that they were there to reduce energy costs by automatically adjusting air-conditioning for unoccupied desks.
Despite the claim, Telegraph employees were worried that the boxes did more than advertised. Subsequently, the National Union of Journalists complained that they might be surveillance tools and the devices were removed.
While the Telegraph's OccupEye boxes may or may not have been monitoring tools, more discrete and fully-featured monitoring sensors are already being utilized in offices around the world.
One company called Enlighted supplies monitoring sensors to more than 350 companies, including 15 percent of the Fortune 500. The sensors are hidden in the most inconspicuous areas around the office: in the lights, in ID badges and under desks. They can track all sorts of data including conference room usage, employee whereabouts, and even how long an employee goes on without speaking to co-workers.