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Barclays probed by UK privacy watchdog for monitoring staff

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Barclays Plc is being investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office, a privacy watchdog, on allegations it spied on its workers through a computer monitoring software, the Telegraph reported.
A spokesman from the Information Commissioner’s Office confirmed the probe to the paper, but couldn’t say when it will conclude. The Telegraph said Barclays faces a maximum fine of 865 million pounds ($1.1 billion) if it’s found to have broken data privacy laws.
The software allowed managers to measure the length of time employees were away from their desks or how long they took to finish tasks, the newspaper said. The bank used the system from Sapience Analytics to study workers anonymously for 18 months, and switched on additional functions in February that allowed managers to pick out
individuals, the report said.
After protests from employees in February, the bank stopped the individual monitoring later that month, and informed the Information Commissioner’s Office of its actions, according to the report.
Barclays declined to comment to the Telegraph.

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