Monday, August 1, 2011

Smartphone Surveillance

Audio David Koeppel writes in Business Insider:

[S]martphones and other pocket-sized devices have given employees and employers a powerful tool to easily record playbacks of sensitive workplace conversations.... The recordings can be used in court or administrative hearings--or subject the parties involved to public criticism. Many cases involve disciplinary proceedings or union organizing.

Katrina Patrick, a Houston lawyer who represents aggrieved employees, says that more than 50 percent of the people who come to her office bring digital evidence. "I'm more surprised when someone comes into my office without digital evidence," she says.

For more, see More People Are Using Smartphones To Secretly Record Office Conversations.  Hat tip: Jennifer Clemons.

Update: David Foley over at LaborRelated asks whether this will create a CSI effect in litigated employment cases:

Are labor and employment cases going to be decided by jurors who don't feel comfortable without science in the equation or wonder things like, "If the boss kept saying stuff like that, why didn't she just record it with her cell phone?"

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