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Privacy on corporate PC

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How is the swiss law with respect to privacy on corporate PC's? My employment contract stipulates that I am allowed to use my corporate laptop for private purposes, up to the extend that it does not impact my work (e.g., use it for some quick private emails during a break, or do some banking or other stuff when I take my laptop home).

Now, my employer wants to check my laptop since there is some malware suspicion. Up to what extend can my employer investigate the machine? Is it legal that IT makes a complete copy of the hard disk (including private data) for analysis? What are my legal rights in Switzerland with respect to privacy in a corporate environment?

Thanks.
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Old 02.05.2012, 16:40
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Re: Privacy on corporate PC

its their property so I guess they can do what they want with the laptop.
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Old 02.05.2012, 16:44
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Re: Privacy on corporate PC

So lets cut to the chase:

What will IT say, and what will happen to me when they see, if they see, the extent of porn streaming I have been doing?

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Who knows! Depends on company.

You might argue that it was done on their PC, but via your internet, and thus assumed was ok. Say sorry, go red and learn from the experience.

Should all be fine.
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Old 02.05.2012, 16:48
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My wife worked for two very large tech firms. One used key-logger and the other used eblaster...... They are for personal use but they still belong to the company. They will monitor your work emails and if they suspect anything they will take back the computer and then look up the keylogger records etc. They dont normally read everything, but rather use keyword functions to search for a specific issue they might have with you. But its not run like the Stasi.

But no one used these computers for personal stuff anyway because everyone knew the hard drives belonged to the company.

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Hi,

How is the swiss law with respect to privacy on corporate PC's? My employment contract stipulates that I am allowed to use my corporate laptop for private purposes, up to the extend that it does not impact my work (e.g., use it for some quick private emails during a break, or do some banking or other stuff when I take my laptop home).

Now, my employer wants to check my laptop since there is some malware suspicion. Up to what extend can my employer investigate the machine? Is it legal that IT makes a complete copy of the hard disk (including private data) for analysis? What are my legal rights in Switzerland with respect to privacy in a corporate environment?

Thanks.
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Old 02.05.2012, 16:58
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Re: Privacy on corporate PC

If you want to use a company computer for personal stuff, and want to keep it separate, why not just use a USB hard disk for personal stuff?

Or, just move all you stuff now to an external drive.

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Old 02.05.2012, 17:01
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Re: Privacy on corporate PC

Pretty damn sure it's illegal here to snoop on people's personal data, that applies to everyone, employers are not exempt by providing a computer.
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Old 02.05.2012, 17:04
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Hi,

How is the swiss law with respect to privacy on corporate PC's? My employment contract stipulates that I am allowed to use my corporate laptop for private purposes, up to the extend that it does not impact my work (e.g., use it for some quick private emails during a break, or do some banking or other stuff when I take my laptop home).

Now, my employer wants to check my laptop since there is some malware suspicion. Up to what extend can my employer investigate the machine? Is it legal that IT makes a complete copy of the hard disk (including private data) for analysis? What are my legal rights in Switzerland with respect to privacy in a corporate environment?

Thanks.
That sounds like a sensible contract. In my last job they went as far as to actively block everything, including Facebook, which was stupid because they were building a facebook page for themselves and would have needed staff input.

In my job before that they opened everything wide, and simply said "don't be stupid". There were web blocks on porn and gambling sites, more to keep honest people honest - I came up against a few blocks, that when I checked them out at home were because of banner ads, not the site content themselves. No one suddenly tapped me on the shoulder and asked what the hell I was doing looking at porn and not sharing it.

Seriously though, usually techies and IT departments have much better things to do than check what the staff are looking at. However, a good rule of thumb I've always used is make friends with the IT guys themselves. They'll let you know how things work properly then, and possibly even give a heads up if there is going to be a crack down on anything.
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Re: Privacy on corporate PC

I use portable apps for everything I do on my work PC, remove the USB stick and voila.. all traces gone.
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Must say I am amazed to see how much some people here post during their working day I am retired- but when I was working I would have never had time to post, during outside official working hours, let alone during
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Must say I am amazed to see how much some people here post during their working day I am retired- but when I was working I would have never had time to post, during outside official working hours, let alone during
That was because computers didnt exist then!





Sorry sorry sorry i really couldnt resist I hope im like you when i get to your age!
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Re: Privacy on corporate PC

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How is the swiss law with respect to privacy on corporate PC's? My employment contract stipulates that I am allowed to use my corporate laptop for private purposes, up to the extend that it does not impact my work (e.g., use it for some quick private emails during a break, or do some banking or other stuff when I take my laptop home).

Now, my employer wants to check my laptop since there is some malware suspicion. Up to what extend can my employer investigate the machine? Is it legal that IT makes a complete copy of the hard disk (including private data) for analysis? What are my legal rights in Switzerland with respect to privacy in a corporate environment?

Thanks.
Seriously? The fact that you have to ask this is just ridiculous. Use your personal laptop for personal use, work laptop should stay that way, period. If your not doing anything illegal or unethical you should have nothing to worry about.
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