76% of Workplaces Know the Websites You Browse

Last Updated Aug 27, 2007 9:55 AM EDT

Big Brother image by Marco GomesThe big boss is likely also a big brother on the side. More than 3/4 of companies now track their employees' web surfing habits and 26% have fired a worker for misusing the Internet.

Corporations have recently cracked down on employee internet use, mostly because of its power in the courtroom. "Workers' e-mail, IM, blog and Internet content creates written business records that are the electronic equivalent of DNA evidence," says Nancy Flynn, executive director of the ePolicy Institute.

One in five employers have had email records subpeonaed and 13% have been fought in lawsuits that come directly from employee email communication.

Big Brother image by Marco Gomes