Employees accuse Google of preventing Unions surveillance tool development ‘

Employees accuse Google of preventing Unions surveillance tool development ‘

Google employees accuse develop the leadership of the company from an internal monitoring tool that sought to monitor workers believe are used to organize protests and to discuss labor rights. Earlier this month, the staff said they discovered that a team within the company for the custom browser Google Chrome on all employees using computers and internal systems installed for research, to create the new tool. Concerns were in a memorandum written by a Google employee and reviewed by Bloomberg News, and three Google employees outlined anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the press. The instrument would automatically reports the employees create a calendar event with more than 10 rooms or 100 participants, according to the memo dependent. The explanation probably most, the note said, “is that you try to learn an attempt by the leadership in the organization of work without delay” Alphabet Inc. A representative for Google said: “These statements about the operation and purpose of this extension is categorically false. it is a pop-up that people pretend to be careful, automatically prompted to add a session to the calendars of the large number of employees. “the extension was requested by a increase in spam for the calendar and events, according to Google. It is not to collect personal information, do not stop, nor the use of calendars, but adds a speed bump when employees reach a large group out, the company said. The conflicting views of the tool highlighted growing tensions between the Google leadership and employees of the rank and file. On 21 October, dozens of workers held at the headquarters of Google in case of Zurich on the rights of workers and the union, although its leaders have sought to cancel, and last month, loaned for Google in Pittsburgh, United join steel tuned. In the last 18 months or so, people have towards certain Google projects protest leaders who deal with sexual harassment complaints and launched internal campaigns, including a search engine censored in China and a contract with the Pentagon to analyze the drone material. The note of the employee proposes that the new Chrome extension should help Google employees apply new “Community Guidelines”, reveal employees by policies that discourage debating a move away from its famous open culture. A Google spokesman said in August that the company was also a tool is based on the flag of employees to have a team of moderators to monitor calls on companies chatboard problematic internal departments and creation. It is not known whether the tool as a Chrome extension on calendars of employees and equal related meetings. Google has tried to make clear not immediately respond to a question. The Chrome device is expected in late October to be implemented, this week issued after the employee notice of an early internal bulletin board, according to one of its employees. Two Google employees in California said that the instrument for their work computers added this week. And another employee said that the problem was to discuss the topic more in demand in the weekly meetings of all staff, usually on Thursdays. Work on the instrument appears to have started in early September after two Google employees who reviewed the memo and said parts of the plan independently verified. End of September, has been the subject of a review by the Google privacy team, which is the norm for any new product launches scheduled in the company, the employee said. The release of the approved instrument team, but noted that “a number of concerns in relation to the culture at Google”, takes its name from the employee’s note. Google said the tool for months to develop and went through standards on privacy, security and legal journals. In early October it announced the technicians responsible for the extension to develop that staff would not be able to remove it as soon as they were installed on their computers and that it is “used for political application” is under review and two employees of Google. The plans began in the company pulled attention, he said the two employees, and the middle of October, some Google employees were blocked from access to the internal design documents relating to the project. The reviewer described the extension as “disturbing” and suggested, apparently in jest, that the Chrome extension to be called “horse_dot_exe not-a-Trojan”. In a Google internal message board, memes staff have published satirical mocking plan. A meme contained a picture of a group of men laughing in suit and tie, with a caption that reads: “And then we told them, we will not look like we’re looking out for your concerted protected activity, such as we pushed to point Chrome extension if someone makes a meeting with more than 100 people. “another meme contained a picture of a scene from a Harry Potter movie where the character Professor Dolores Umbridge teaches a lesson on how to defend” the dark arts “caption reads: “We decree number 24: no organization employee or meeting with more than 100 participants without the knowledge and approval of the High Inquisitor can exist.”

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