The UK Data Protection Agency (ICO) has launched an investigation into UK bank Barclays into the use of software that can be used to spy on employees. The Telegraph newspaper reported last weekend and was confirmed by an ICO spokesman.
The software allows the bank to monitor how much time an employee spends at their desk and how much time they spend doing various tasks.
Barclays used a program to anonymously spy on its employees for 18 months. In February, a function was activated with which certain employees can be specifically monitored. However, the bank decided that same month to ditch that option and notify the ICO after protests from its staff, The Telegraph said.
Barclays did not respond to the news on Monday.