System allows bosses to track workers' phones

15-08-2006

Employees could soon find their movements being tracked by their bosses via their mobile phones.

A new system unveiled by Scottish company Trisent has been aimed at the business market, offering employers the chance to track their workers in real-time.

The company claims that the system is cheaper and more accurate than its rivals and can be used in standard mobile phones.

As well as being marketed for business uses such as fleet tracking, the devices will give employers the opportunity to check whether workers are where they are supposed to be.

However, civil liberties campaign groups have warned employers about the potential for abusing this kind of technology.

"Just because you give up eight hours a day to an employer does not mean that they own you," said Liberty spokesman, Doug Jewell.

Trisent said that the privacy of employees would be protected by a code of conduct, which employers would have to sign.



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