Ethics vs. Surveillance, Monitoring, Spying on Employees

  • Accountant
  • CPA (CA)
  • CPA (US)
  • SHRM

Published: December, 2021

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Course Description


  • How much of your life is being watched.
    1 mins
  • Americans Hold Strong Views About Privacy in Everyday Life
    16 mins
  • workplace Monitoring
    38 mins
  • Office of Privacy Commission Canada
    54 mins
  • Employee Privacy Rights: What You Should Know
    76 mins
  • How Workplace Privacy is Governed Ethically
    94 mins
  • What Steps to Take
    113 mins
  • Employee Surveillance - Case Study: Why Employers Do It
    129 mins
  • Security Card Monitoring
    147 mins

Course Description

Surveillance and monitoring in the workplace have evolved alongside advancing technologies, presenting ever-multiplying opportunities, risks, and emerging ethical questions.

Constant monitoring, “datafication” of employee behavior, workplace surveillance attracts employers as they learn what their employee is doing, what is his/her input and it promises improved compliance, performance, and security. There are multiple services which enable stealth monitoring, live video feeds, keyboard tracking, optical character recognition, keystroke recording, or location tracking etc.

It deters loss time in work hours, misuse of office data or workplace theft etc. The pursuit of these benefits has led organizations increasingly implement surveillance and monitoring at their work place. Emerging technologies now enable mind-monitoring wearables, subdermal microchipping, and emotion recognition cameras to inform data-driven management. This modern surveillance offers tremendous power that could be used for benevolent or nefarious aims. The implementation of surveillance has accelerated, and if organizations go with the flow or follow their peers, they will likely cross many ethical thresholds enabled by the justification that “everyone is doing it.” Under the banner of preparing for the future, digital monitoring has been widely accepted or at least tolerated. At the organization level, the balance of benefits and drawbacks is difficult to ascertain. We hurtle toward a future likely ruled by big data and IoT (internet of things).

Key topics covered in this online CPE/CPD webinar are as following:

  • What are the psychological impacts of surveillance/monitoring?
  • Do surveillance and monitoring reap the promised benefits (short and long term)?
  • How should employee compliance or resistance be accommodated?
  • Do leaders have adequate training and knowledge to responsibly wield powerful new tech?
  • Who should have access to the data collected on individuals and groups?

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Learning Objectives

  • To discuss how organizations are using different methods to monitor and keep a tab on their employees.
  • To discuss what are the ethical breaches of privacy by organizations
  • To discuss policies defined by the state and Office of Privacy Commission of Canada
  • To discuss how should the organizations/ managers monitor employees ethically and what steps and measures should be taken.
  • To discuss why are employers bent on monitoring and surveillance of the employees – Case Study

Recommended For

  • This online CPE webinar is recommended for CPAs and HR professionals engaged in managing organization work culture.
  • This online CPD webinar is good for CPAs in Canada involved in organization management

Who Should Attend?

  • Business Owner
  • CFO/Controller
  • Chartered Professional Accountant
  • Compliance Officers
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • HR Professionals
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 3 CPE Credit of Ethics (Behavioral) for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 3 PDC Credit for SHRM Professionals (Approval No. 22-DXS3G)
  • 3 General Credit for Accountant/Bookeeper
  • 3 CPD Credit of Professional and ethical behavior for Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada)

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About Presenter

Big4 CPA

Founder, AK Consulting Inc.

We are a team of Big4 CPA, CA and other professionals. We offer wide range of professional development courses for CPA members relating to Canadian Taxation, International tax, Accounting, Ethics, Business, Workplace Teams & Culture, High Performance, Soft skills, and Personal Development.

We also work with third party content creators to offer unique CPD for our CPA members, such as on latest technology, cyber security, digital marketing. and various other interesting topics.


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