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Laptop Monitored by Company


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kellymccallum

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How can one tell if their company issued laptop is being monitored for skype/email etc.. conversations? I have every reason to believe that it IS being monitored but I just need to get proof. Found a couple of suspicious 'unknown' applications but how do I make them known? Any suggestions???

Thanks, Kelly
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Hi welcome to geeks to go :)

I'm not sure it this is the correct answer...

Since the computer is company issued, then it is owned by them. Legally I would belive they can monitor it to make sure it is used for the purposes they intended... I'm sure they want to make sure it doesn't get used for illegal activities, or something non-work related. I would be led to believe it is within their legal abilities. But I may be wrong... I will send this on to someone else to get their opinion...

Good luck
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I would also add that if the laptop is on a network at work then the company also would not want any malware to be introduced into the network because of emails.
I also believe what Cbarnard has stated is correct as a company owned and operated laptop is subject to the rules and regulations they decide is correct. What you are asking is to bypass this safety and security feature which we can not due pursuant to our Terms Of Use

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if the computer is company owned, then the only way to find the answers you're wanting would be to ask your company. it should also be in your handbook or company policy if one exists(though it may not be specific...but more of a general "we reserve the right to track usage").
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Thanks for the quick responses. More specifically, a Skype account in my name was created for me by my Director. I was doing some contract work for them which ended abruptly on Dec 31. Before sending the laptop back to them, I tried to remove Skype from that computer and was denied. Spoke to Skpe and they said that if Auto on was turned on (and it was) then they could have access to my Skype conversations. This would explain many things. As I am an independent contractor and Skype is a public service, I feel that this is a violation of my rights as I was not informed they would be tracking my Skype account. I have much heresay to indicate that my conversations were being tracked, but I wanted proof positive.

Thanks for your help! I will continue to pursue this matter. Kelly
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