'The Other Big Brother' by FRANK PASQUALE in The Atlantic

"Since the Edward Snowden revelations, anti-surveillance activism has focused on the watchful eye of the public sector. Advocates have forced reforms onto the Congressional agenda, and have made bulk data collection a major political issue, meriting selfies from Rand Paul and cautious defenses of the status quo from his fellow presidential candidates.

But there are other forms of oppressive surveillance that barely get any attention from politicians, even though they also spark widespread outrage. Consider recent efforts by an employer to force a worker to keep an app on her phone that reported her location—24/7, on the clock or off—to her boss. Or Esther Kaplan’s exposé earlier this year of UPS’s treatment of its workers: Under constant scrutiny, many are risking injury, or others’ safety , to shave seconds off their delivery times. 

These are not isolated cases. Employers are monitoring keystrokes, tones of voice, and faces, all in the name of predictive analytics. Doubt it can get worse? Just talk to the traders who report to managers on what they do and eat and drink, so their job performance can be correlated to certain regimes of exercise and nutrition—some of which will almost certainly become recommended, then mandatory, once optimal patterns are found."

Read the full article here.