AFAIK, they can't monitor what you, as an individual, is looking at.
However, we got a company presentation once on what everyone in the office was looking at, and please don't look at certain sites while at work. Showing nasty porn to your colleagues, accidentaly or otherwise, could still get you in a lot trouble.
I think this is why you can aquire some movies via a well know protocol and still get around the ban on uploading files, as even though you may be doing it, noone is allowed to go check.
According to law employers can monitor internet traffic anonymously but not individual employees. To monitor individual employees they have to have special reasons.
"Im Zusammenhang mit dem Surfen und der Nutzung von E-Mail am Arbeitsplatz bedeutet dies, dass
Überwachungen der Internet- und E-Mail-Nutzung durch ständige, personenbezogene Auswertungen
der Protokollierungen nicht zulässig sind"
Our place has a tracker installed and management are very open about the fact they can see everything we're doing. Recently a colleague asked to work from home which used to be a big no-no. Our boss replied, "I suppose so, now I can see if you really are working"
Really depends on the company...
For me, we are websensed on the office machines and completely free to browse anywhere on the visitor Wi-Fi, but it is known that ALL traffic is monitored.
As to the amount of time... Does it matter? Where I work the rule of thumb is 'as long as it does not interfere with your workload'.
Aye, and that would be my take on it. I've nothing personally to be concerned about, I was just wondering. They track our hours 'in' work at Novartis, and treat you like adults, which is nice. Was just wondering about it.
I'm several hours in credit (time spent at work), and would be a bit weird if some of that extra time was just trawling the internet. (Or as a French friend and colleague put it, "we are always stealing things from work!").
Before anyone gets excited, I a) love the French in particular and b) those were his words.