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The use of Surveillance software on employee's PC

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Are there any laws regulating the use of Surveillance software on employee's PC in Switzerland?
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Hello.
Are there any laws regulating the use of Surveillance software on employee's PC in Switzerland?
Do you mean a PC belonging to the company you work for, during the working day whilst they are paying you to work, or your own PC at home?
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Re: The use of Surveillance software on employee's PC

I mean "their" office PC. I informed my boss I'm going to quit, and next day I found spy software on my office PC
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Re: The use of Surveillance software on employee's PC

If its their property, they can do anything they want with it, including imposing what you can and can't do on it.
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Re: The use of Surveillance software on employee's PC

I agree you are generally right. However if nobody knows about the spy software, some private skype chats(with your hot naughty lover) might become not private anymore. I wonder if there is a law clarifying the use of spy software.
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Re: The use of Surveillance software on employee's PC

Yeah they can do with their property what they want, but Spy-Software is not just another Office Application. It clearly has another purpose. And the employee certainly isnt their property, too. What you can and can't do is something you are made aware of when you START working, not somewhere inbetween or when you have quit.

Ask your Manager or Boss what this about, and if they have a valid reason get it written and seek a lawyer.

BTW: Does your user account have local admin rights? If yes, HA HA at your IT. You could switch it off if you are sure you have used your account according to the policy.

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Re: The use of Surveillance software on employee's PC

Pretty sure data protection laws means employers can't snoop on employees private affairs, whatever their feelings on it. Prob depends on the spy software used.
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Re: The use of Surveillance software on employee's PC

In Switzerland private is private - I worked for a large Swiss company & we had several instances of people dying with important business information left on their office computer but we were not allowed to access it; it had to be painfully recreated.

Sorry cannot quote which laws are relevant.
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Re: The use of Surveillance software on employee's PC

thank you for your suggestion. Yes my account has admin rights. HA HA I would say at many things out there...
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Re: The use of Surveillance software on employee's PC

Also, depends on the employer's policy; namely if the use of the computer is strictly for business use ONLY. In which case, personal use is NOT allowed on computer. Normally, this would be written on the startup screen of the computer. If that is the case, there is no concept of personal data on that PC, because its not suppose to be there.

This is standard in most corporations nowadays.
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Pretty sure data protection laws means employers can't snoop on employees private affairs, whatever their feelings on it. Prob depends on the spy software used.
It is Amsvc.exe, I don't want to advertize them with proper naming and links.
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I agree you are generally right. However if nobody knows about the spy software, some private skype chats(with your hot naughty lover) might become not private anymore. I wonder if there is a law clarifying the use of spy software.
If you are paid to have naughty skype chat, they have the right to spy but if you are doing an other job than sex on Internet, and you are using your working time to have naughty Skype chat online, they have the right to spy on you AND fire you.

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Re: The use of Surveillance software on employee's PC

Nil, sure, but I would expect some warning like "we don't trust you since you decided to leave us, so we gonna watch what you're doing"
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I agree you are generally right. However if nobody knows about the spy software, some private skype chats(with your hot naughty lover) might become not private anymore. I wonder if there is a law clarifying the use of spy software.
You really shouldn't be having hot naughty chats with your lover at work during work hours.

I'm guessing they are more worried you are not stealing secrets. Although if you were going to do that you should have done that before you said you were going to quit.
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Nil, sure, but I would expect some warning like "we don't trust you since you decided to leave us, so we gonna watch what you're doing"
Are you privy to secrets, intellectual property, copyrights, or any confidential information?

Well, if you were in the US, you would probably have been escorted out the door by a security guard yesterday. So, in comparison, the spyware might be a tad more civil.
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Nil, sure, but I would expect some warning like "we don't trust you since you decided to leave us, so we gonna watch what you're doing"
You are not suppose to do any personal stuff on their computer because it doesn't belong to you. It sucks! I learned it the hard way ten years ago when my stupid boss back then told me he has been reading my emails.

Never did it again and told everyone in the team to let them be aware of it.
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In Switzerland private is private - I worked for a large Swiss company & we had several instances of people dying with important business information left on their office computer but we were not allowed to access it; it had to be painfully recreated.

Sorry cannot quote which laws are relevant.
This one maybe?
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The use of the word "data" there pertains to information about a person, not data that is on their computer.
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Re: The use of Surveillance software on employee's PC

A lot of big corporations have software installed to prevent potentially harmful/embarrasing data leaks and to protect the loss of their intelluctual property. Its their right to do so. If you are concerned why not use your own laptop/smart phone for your private communications? You should assume they watch everything you do on their machines..
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