VPNs and Employee Internet Monitoring

Wired has an article on Worker Privacy. While news of monitoring by employers is not new, the article does rightly point out that with increased telecommuting, these days, employees should be aware that use of a company-provided laptop, even outside the business premises may still be subject to monitoring. For example, many organizations utilize a virtual private network (VPN) to allow a remote worker to access company email, servers and other resources. However, many VPN programs also redirect all Internet traffic through the VPN so that it is subject to monitoring to the same extent as if the employee was still working at the office.