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Your company could be spying on you online: Here's how

Here's an interesting fact that you may not have known: Employers have a right to monitor your work, even when you don't expect it. Some people call this spying, and they don't think it's fair. However, more employers are turning to techniques that allow them to track their employees' time online as well as the sites they visit so that they can identify if they are spending time doing things other than working.

According to laws in California, your employer can "spy" on you if you are using work phones or company computers. They have access to those devices because they own them. Of course, the goal isn't just to get you into trouble. It's also to protect themselves, too.

The California Consumer Privacy Act states that if there is a breach within your company or if the business is hacked, then your employer could opt to use your personal information to find out how that happened. Fortunately, you have some rights, too. You're entitled to mandatory notices about what kind of information your employer is receiving, given permission to ask your employer to delete any kind of personal information you don't want your boss to see and could collect up to $750 in payments for any personal information that is taken by the company.

Keep in mind that the company may be able to use your data to fight off wrongful termination claims. If your company claims you're not working or if you say that you were retaliated against, the company can keep logs of what you did online that might support their claims. It's something that you may want to discuss with your attorney if you intend to file a claim against your company.

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