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Last night’s episode of The Office gave the characters their first glimpse into their upcoming documentary. Surprisingly, this seems to be the first time any of them contemplated that the world (literally) will be able to see their personal and professional antics that have entertained all of us for the past 10 years (well, mildly entertained us for the past three or four).
Pam sums up her beliefs when she asks, “So, we haven’t had privacy in 10 years?” Putting aside the issue of whether they all consented to the documentary producers in the first place (and what that consent included), workplace privacy is a hot-button issue given the widespread use of technology at work. Although there are no broad federal workplace privacy statutes, the common law and various state statutes affect how employers should monitor their employees.