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(SFGate)   Your scientists are endangering the cozy relationship you have with medical device manufacturers. Do you A) Spy on them and then fire them on shaky grounds?   (sfgate.com) divider line 17
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2012-07-15 09:18:04 AM
A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists utilized an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even President Obama, previously undisclosed records show.

On their defense, the boss did say to e-mail him:
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2012-07-15 09:38:36 AM
The agency, using so-called spy software designed to help employers monitor workers, captured screen images from the government laptops of the five scientists as they were being used at work or at home.

Legal and ethical issues aside...Having worked for a federal agency, anyone who isn't a complete idiot knows the agency monitors agency laptops and emails. Be it surfing the web, goofing off, chatting with friends, or emailing congresscritters to blow the whistle, only a retard does so on agency resources. You do it on a personal laptop or smartphone. Either the article is wrong, or these scientists were idiots.
 
2012-07-15 09:47:18 AM
fta What began as a narrow investigation into the possible leaking of confidential agency information by five scientists quickly grew in mid-2010 into a much broader campaign to counter outside critics of the agency's medical review process,

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2012-07-15 09:47:19 AM
More victims in the Democrats' War on Science to benefit big, evil corporations who care more about profits than people...
 
2012-07-15 09:56:42 AM
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2012-07-15 10:02:08 AM
Same as it ever was.

Also,

soy_bomb: More victims in the Democrats' War on Science to benefit big, evil corporations who care more about profits than people...


You're a dumbass. Go back under your bridge.
 
2012-07-15 10:04:52 AM
Could the answer be 'C'?
 
2012-07-15 10:05:28 AM

Trawg: You're a dumbass. Go back under your bridge.


He's already gone.
 
2012-07-15 10:14:56 AM
Information gathering usually starts with good intentions, but that level of unchecked power always becomes addictive and its never long before it is used for less ethical intentions
 
2012-07-15 10:31:01 AM

Emposter: The agency, using so-called spy software designed to help employers monitor workers, captured screen images from the government laptops of the five scientists as they were being used at work or at home.

Legal and ethical issues aside...Having worked for a federal agency, anyone who isn't a complete idiot knows the agency monitors agency laptops and emails. Be it surfing the web, goofing off, chatting with friends, or emailing congresscritters to blow the whistle, only a retard does so on agency resources. You do it on a personal laptop or smartphone. Either the article is wrong, or these scientists were idiots.


Pretty much this. Well, obviously not idiots, but... naive, shall we say.
 
2012-07-15 10:42:55 AM
Well, that's frustrating. TFA didn't mention who the medical device manufacturer was. Not that I couldn't guess - it's pretty much gonna be MDM 1 or MDM 2. There isn't much competition in imaging.
 
2012-07-15 11:00:49 AM
Who is the clueless admin who keeps greenlighting headlines with A as the answer?
 
2012-07-15 11:46:13 AM
This is all quite consistent with the Obama administration's general war on whistleblowers. What DoD and NSA whistleblowers get treated is even more intense than this. If the Republicans were smart they would be hammering on this as big news, but I suspect they approve of the general crackdown themselves.

The article says this has been going on at the FDA for years, which means that your can't lay all the insipid culture there at Obama's door, but it sure doesn't look like he has done anything to correct it. Quite the opposite.
 
2012-07-15 01:24:02 PM
do any IT Farkers know anything about this screengrab technology?

at my old job I used to get a blink on my screen on occasion. Wondered if it was employer monitoring or me being paranoid. A few times I got into Word and typed "I HATE YOU" in big letters and left that on the screen.

also the IT guy was apparently sneaking into my office and reading my email but that's another story. . .
 
2012-07-15 04:33:53 PM

Egalitarian: do any IT Farkers know anything about this screengrab technology?

at my old job I used to get a blink on my screen on occasion. Wondered if it was employer monitoring or me being paranoid. A few times I got into Word and typed "I HATE YOU" in big letters and left that on the screen.

also the IT guy was apparently sneaking into my office and reading my email but that's another story. . .



Yeah, came back from lunch early one day and found my crazy-ass boss sitting at my desk reading my email. Started applying for new jobs that afternoon and quit a week or so later.

Having "the right" don't make it right, boss.

(Hated the place anyway. I was the only guy in an office with eight women... what a farking nightmare. It was like being in a goddamn sorority... And seven of the women were constantly being shiatty and catty to the eighth... the coolest, smartest, and most capable woman in the bunch).
 
2012-07-15 06:39:34 PM

Emposter: The agency, using so-called spy software designed to help employers monitor workers, captured screen images from the government laptops of the five scientists as they were being used at work or at home.

Legal and ethical issues aside...Having worked for a federal agency, anyone who isn't a complete idiot knows the agency monitors agency laptops and emails. Be it surfing the web, goofing off, chatting with friends, or emailing congresscritters to blow the whistle, only a retard does so on agency resources. You do it on a personal laptop or smartphone. Either the article is wrong, or these scientists were idiots.

The agency, using so-called spy software designed to help employers monitor workers, captured screen images from the government laptops of the five scientists as they were being used at work or at home.


Hard to say who's the more idiot here. If you're being entrusted to take your work computer home, do you have an expectation of privacy there? I'd say probably not--but I can't fault anyone who thinks they did. Remember that most people, even allegedly smart people like research scientists, don't have any clue how this new-fangled technology works. They may well have thought that taking their computer home somehow insulated the work they did on it.
 
2012-07-15 07:11:20 PM

Gyrfalcon: Emposter: The agency, using so-called spy software designed to help employers monitor workers, captured screen images from the government laptops of the five scientists as they were being used at work or at home.

Legal and ethical issues aside...Having worked for a federal agency, anyone who isn't a complete idiot knows the agency monitors agency laptops and emails. Be it surfing the web, goofing off, chatting with friends, or emailing congresscritters to blow the whistle, only a retard does so on agency resources. You do it on a personal laptop or smartphone. Either the article is wrong, or these scientists were idiots.

The agency, using so-called spy software designed to help employers monitor workers, captured screen images from the government laptops of the five scientists as they were being used at work or at home.

Hard to say who's the more idiot here. If you're being entrusted to take your work computer home, do you have an expectation of privacy there? I'd say probably not--but I can't fault anyone who thinks they did. Remember that most people, even allegedly smart people like research scientists, don't have any clue how this new-fangled technology works. They may well have thought that taking their computer home somehow insulated the work they did on it.


I had an agency laptop that I took home and elsewhere. I knew not to use it for anything I didn't want them to see. Everyone I worked with knew as well. Same with the people who had agency smartphones, though I never had one. Nor was it a secret...they tell you during orientation and required federal employee computer training. Some people may not have known, but "most" is stretching it, and those that don't know should.
 
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