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CNN) — If you’re a person who hates it when your supervisor looks over your shoulder at work, you may want to stop reading this column right now.

Because what follows is only going to depress you.

Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope.

But what it is capable of doing … well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom.

And, the thing is, once you hear about it, you just know that, from a management point of view, it is an innovation of absolute genius.

Here’s how it works:

The device looks like an employee ID badge that most companies issue. Workers are instructed to wear it in the office.

Embedded inside each badge, according to Hitachi, are “infrared sensors, an accelerometer, a microphone sensor and a wireless communication device.”

Hitachi says that the badges record and transmit to management “who talks to whom, how often, where and how energetically.”

It tracks everything.

If you get up to walk around the office a lot, the badge sends information to management about how often you do it, and where you go.

If you stop to talk with people throughout the day, the badge transmits who you’re talking to (by reading your co-workers’ badges), and for how long.

Do you contribute at meetings, or just sit there? Either way, the badge tells your bosses.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/02/opinion/greene-corporate-surveillance/index.html

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

February 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm

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