Invading Your Privacy is now the Norm in the Workplace

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN (TheStreet) -- Corporations are encroaching upon your privacy in more invasive ways than either the National Security Agency or the U.S. government.

Here's a bit of history to put it context.

In 1992, I wrote a article entitled Monster or Monitor? Have Tracking Systems Gone Mad? for the magazine Insurance & Technology. This was years before the Internet had become an integral part of our lives.

At the time, people were shocked to learn that corporations were invading their employees' privacy through a variety of technological methods: drug testing at corporate toilets, keystroke monitoring, phone eavesdropping and video monitoring.

Back then, I interviewed the late Senator Paul Simon (D-Ill.) who was a workers' privacy rights advocate, and later, in 1993, introduced the Privacy for Consumers and Workers Act. This measure failed, but it shouldn't have.

The legislation would have established standards for notice of privacy invasions to workers; the workers would have been afforded access to information being collected about them as well as maintaining the ability to set limitations.