disabled wallpaper feature

David Colliver david.colliver "at" revilloc.com
Mon, 14 Jan 2002 12:04:17 +0000


Hi,

I don't want to get into a flame war with this. I don't know how to do the
wallpaper feature, however, I believe you will be treading on dodgy ground
if you apply this.

Sure, you can have a policy in place, but the workforce have a legal right.
You can log information, but you cannot read their emails without a court
order. The same as with spying. (You mentioned that the wallpaper
disappearing defeats the object). Your workforce have a right to privacy. If
it is used as an admin tool, then why do you need to stop the wallpaper
changing? How do your workforce know of they are being watched? It may be in
your policy, but it is not within the law.

Many people will use full screen, so they won't see the wallpaper change
anyway. Non savvy users will not know that wallpaper being removed is due to
them being spied upon.

Sure, you can use the logs as evidence, read emails with a court order, but
if it is internet pages you are looking for, then just look in the temporary
internet files folder or their history. (You would be treading on dodgy
ground with this as well).

Your users will need to give their permission which cannot be obtained user
duress (such as a contract of employment) to view their screens. Many
companies allow their PCs to be used during lunchtime or after work. These
can be for updating CVs, personal email (web mail, such as what you are
doing right now) or writing intimate love letters.

If you have proxy logs telling you that someone is looking at unsavoury
sites, then you may be able to gather more evidence after the event, such as
looking at the web-cache. (Incidentally, the proxy usually caches as well).

Personally, If I was asked by a company to do this, I would refuse, even if
it meant my contract. This is violating your rights and would be enough for
a case of unfair dismissal. It would also mean that you could be very well
implicated in a legal argument for being a party to this. I have actually
gone as far as saying no to a company on a project on the grounds of data
protection, which the companies own data protection people upheld.

Get legal advice to do what your company are asking you to do.

Incidentally, the flash on your website is distracting. In my opinion, it
doesn't do anything to enhance your site.

Regards.
Dave Colliver.

----- Original Message -----
From: <chenks "at" tiscali.co.uk>
To: <vnc-list "at" uk.research.att.com>
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: disabled wallpaper feature


> What information would u like to know....
>
> We have included VNC within all the windows 2000 desktops within the
company
> as a remote admin tool. As part of the acceptable use policy within the
> company the users know what they can and can't do on the company PCs. The
> icon is running in the task-bar so they know that the PCs can be monitored
> or connected to as and when required.
>
> We are wanting to use this combined with the proxy logs to enforce
> acceptable use of company resources.
>
> I see you have questioned where i sent the email from. Well obviously I am
> not subscribed to the VNC mailing using my corporate email account that is
> why I sent it from my home account.
>
> However, if you wish to contact me using my corporate account then feel
free
> to email me on sgray "at" omneuk.com.
>
> All I am asking is how to enable a feature of the software that was a
> default option in previous versions. Nothing too sinister in that
>
>
> David Colliver writes:
>
> > I would be wary of this.
> >
> > 1. The email address is from a free internet provider.
> > 2. If he has the icon turned off as well as this, then it may be for
more
> > suspicious activity.
> > 3. As I understand, this sort of workplace monitoring is illegal in the
UK.
> > Only authorised connections, where the user is aware of the connection
> > happening, and has given permission (i.e. for fault finding) is allowed.
> >
> > Methinks this is not quite legitimate. I don't know how to do it, but
even
> > if I did, before I would give any answers, I would need more
information.
> >
> > Regards.
> > David Colliver.
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: <chenks "at" tiscali.co.uk>
> > To: <vnc-list "at" uk.research.att.com>
> > Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 10:12 AM
> > Subject: disabled wallpaper feature
> >
> >
> >> i am using v3.3.3r9
> >>
> >> i know that it disables the wallpaper on the pc i am connecting to..
and
> >> then enables it again when i disconnect..
> >>
> >> the question is.. how do i disable this feature so that the wallpaper
> >> doesn't get turned off at all ?
> >>
> >> the reason i ask is that we use VNC to monitor users dekstops and at
the
> >> moment they know when we do it as the wallpaper changes... we would
prefer
> >> them not to know this as it kinda defeats the purpose of using it as a
> >> monitoring tool.
> >>
> >> i had a look at the vnc website and it mentions a registry tweek, but i
> >> wasn't sure what exactly to do there... can anyone give a step-by-step
> > guide
> >> to do this ??
> >>
> >> thanx
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