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New phone allows bosses to snoop on staff

tad001 (147243) writes | more than 4 years ago

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tad001 (147243) writes "The Japanese phone giant KDDI has developed a way to track users movements in fine detail. It works by analysing the movement of accelerometers, found in many handsets. Activities such as walking, climbing stairs or even cleaning can be identified, the researchers say. The company plans to sell the service to clients such as managers, foremen and employment agencies.

"Technically, I think this is an incredibly important innovation," says Philip Sugai, director of the mobile consumer lab at the International University of Japan. "For example, when applied to the issue of telemedicine, or other situations in which remotely monitoring or accessing an individual's personal movements is vital to that service. But there will surely be negative consequences when applied to employee tracking or salesforce optimisation."

The full article is available on the BBC news site.

Is it just me or does this strike anyone as being overtly Orwellian?"

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