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Barclays using 'Big Brother' tactics to spy on staff, says TUC

Bank admits using tracking software to log how long staff spend away from their desks

Barclays has been accused of “dystopian Big Brother” employment practices after it admitted running a staff monitoring scheme that uses tracking software to log how long employees spent at their desks and send warnings if they took extended breaks.

The lender has been running a pilot programme at its London headquarters that measures staff productivity within its investment bank, by allowing managers to track when staff are at their desks or in certain computer applications. Time away from their desks for meetings and bathroom breaks could in some cases be counted against staff on their daily report cards.

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Source: The Guardian