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Blackhatjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 11:32 AM
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OK This shows Microsoft is 'Big Brother's Handservant'... Outrageous! LINK
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THis is WRONG on so many levels, and the danger presented cannot be overestimated.


http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_w...

January 16, 2008

"Microsoft seeks patent for office 'spy' software"
Alexi Mostrous and David Brown

"Microsoft is developing Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a workers productivity, physical wellbeing and competence.

The Times has seen a patent application filed by the company for a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. The system would allow managers to monitor employees performance by measuring their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure. Unions said they fear that employees could be dismissed on the basis of a computers assessment of their physiological state.


Technology allowing constant monitoring of workers was previously limited to pilots, firefighters and Nasa astronauts. This is believed to be the first time a company has proposed developing such software for mainstream workplaces.

Microsoft submitted a patent application in the US for a unique monitoring system that could link workers to their computers. Wireless sensors could read heart rate, galvanic skin response, EMG, brain signals, respiration rate, body temperature, movement facial movements, facial expressions and blood pressure, the application states."

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