Microsoft is Watching You
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Released 17 January 2008
Microsoft is developing a new system capable of monitoring a worker's
productivity, competence and physical wellbeing.
Their recently filed patent application shows a wireless system that measures
a persons metabolism. Previously such technology has been limited to pilots,
firefighters and astronauts not to the simple office worker.
Such a system is likely to cause uproar due to its "big-brother" approach.
Microsoft claims that its purpose is not to spy on employees but to monitor
their wellbeing and thus allow changes to working lifestyle accordingly.
Peter Skyte, an officer for the union Unite said: "This system takes the idea
of monitoring people at work to a new level with a new level of invasiveness but
in a very old-fashioned way because it monitors what is going in rather than the
Microsoft refused to comment specifically about the application but did say
the following: "We have over 7,000 patents worldwide and we are proud of the
quality of these patents and the innovations they represent. As a general
practice, we do not typically comment on pending patent applications because
claims made in the application may be modified through the approval process."
Ben Evans is an Intellectual
Property Executive at Lawdit.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-01-27 21:34:55 in Legal Articles