TikToker shares how bosses can spy on workers

A TikToker shared in a viral video how employers may be spying on and collecting data from their own employees.

In a series of text overlays in the clip, Jennifer Brick (@jenniferbrick) wrote, “This is how your boss is spying on you…”

She then clicks onto software company ActivTrak’s website, which she says is “Google’s highest-paying ad for employee tracking software.” “Good news… IT’S FREE,” she claims in the text.

@jenniferbrick do you think that’s creepy too? #Career #9to5 #espionage #corporate ♬ Original sound – Jennifer Brick

She links to the website’s terms and conditions, which claim that the “agent collects your data”.

Brick says she works with a security software company that “works the same way.”

“But our clients didn’t have access to those tools, it was up to the forensic analysts to find their devices, and they worked with local law enforcement to make arrests… it was really cool,” she says.

She then shows thumbnails of people on Zoom calls that look like downloadable files.

“It’s not scary,” Brick says sarcastically. “Not creepy at all.”

Jennifer urges viewers to use webcam covers if they aren’t already doing so in the video. She adds that alongside “monitoring your internet usage,” the app’s promise of “uncovering hidden potential” is corporate lingo for “time wasters to be punished.”

Jennifer adds that there are ways to “uncover” whether apps like the one mentioned in the video are installed on devices people use for work.

In a follow-up video, Brick wants to show how to tell if your boss is spying on you.

@jenniferbrick #greenscreen how to tell if your boss is spying on you #career #fyp #toxicjob ♬ Original sound – Jennifer Brick

She says the apps don’t show up in her list of installed applications. She says if you are using a Mac OS X based device you should go to Activity Monitor, Windows, Task Manager. Then, she says, they should start looking for processes currently running on that computer that they “don’t recognize.”

This might take a bit of legwork, as the processes might show up as filenames that don’t exactly express what they’re doing, she says. For example, as Jennifer points out, ActivTrak on Windows appears as scthost.exe. Brick encourages viewers to do a little Googling to find out what all the process names mean.

Jennifer has promised a third part of the video on how to stop these trackers.

Some TikTokers highlighted Jennifer’s video as a strong reason why some employees should never use their work computer for anything other than work.

“Don’t even use work WiFi for your phone or PC,” urged one.

“Stuff like this is why I have SEPARATE devices and email accounts, for fun not business,” said another.

Others said they are not overly concerned that their employers know how to install apps like this and/or monitor activity.

“My boss can’t understand SharePoint, I think I’m sure,” joked one.

Others were a bit concerned that their current employers found out they were looking for other employment opportunities…on their work machine.

“Well I’m applying for jobs at work on my work computer sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo pro pro prov prov” said another.

The Daily Dot emailed Brick for comment.

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*Initial publication: May 25, 2022 3:13 pm CDT

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