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Google Accused of Creating Spy Tool to Squelch Worker Dissent

  • Company says it’s an effort to curb calendar, meeting spam
  • Allegation underscores tensions between employees, leadership
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Bloomberg’s Tom Giles reports on accusations that Google’s leadership is developing an internal surveillance tool.(Source: Bloomberg)

Google employees are accusing the company’s leadership of developing an internal surveillance tool that they believe will be used to monitor workers’ attempts to organize protests and discuss labor rights.

Earlier this month, employees said they discovered that a team within the company was creating the new tool for the custom Google Chrome browser installed on all workers’ computers and used to search internal systems. The concerns were outlined in a memo written by a Google employee and reviewed by Bloomberg News and by three Google employees who requested anonymity because they aren’t authorized to talk to the press.