Current and former employees are speaking out against the company’s “Workplace Activity Data Utility” (WADU). Implemented in 2020, the system is designed to collect a variety of data points to support “business efficiency, resiliency and workplace health and safety.” Statements on the company intranet indicate the information “may not be used for any other purposes.”
WADU is viewed by employees as a Big Brother system, which tracks their online activity while they are logged in to virtual workspaces. One employee described the change in the company culture:”It’s fostered paranoia. It’s fostered distrust. And, to be honest with you, it’s fostered a lot of disrespect.” To circumvent the system, employees have used external communication systems, such as iMessage, and downloaded “mouse jiggler” software, designed to prevent logins from timing out. A current employee described the company as “becoming more like a government and less like an employer.”
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