Is there any way that I can start Tracking Internet Usage at my company? Is it legal to track the internet use of my employees?



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Question:

I am a business owner and I have recently become concerned with the amount of time that workplace internet usage by my employees has been taking place.  Every time I walk by an office, it seems like someone is doing something non-business related online.  Is there any way that I can start Tracking Internet Usage at my company?  Is it even legal to track the internet use of my employees?

Answer:

Yes, there are multiple ways to start Tracking Internet Usage at your company, and even ways to generate Internet Usage Statistics that will pull data related to the amount of time your employees surf the web every day.  A simple Internet Usage Monitor is available to companies who want to track data such as specific page views, emails sent and individual websites visited.  There are methods for Tracking Internet Usage over a company network server, or through an Internet Usage Monitor on an individual desktop computer. 

As for the question on the legality of Tracking Internet Usage at your company, the answer is that it usually depends on a number of factors.  If the employees are using computers that are the property of the company (as opposed to their own personal computers), and if they are on the network of the company while the monitoring is happening, then it would probably be legal to monitor their usage.  If they are using their own computer or using a work computer at home, the waters get a little murkier and you should seek legal advice before starting an internet surveillance program.

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