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Big brother in an Iowa town

Northwestern College in Orange City Iowa is now using patented technology to track down students illegally downloading copyrighted music from the internet. Information technology specialists at Northwestern have implemented eTelemetry’s Locate software product. Locate analyzes network packets to associate online activities with individual users in real time, and archives that information over time.

eTelemetry just received a patent (U.S. patent No. 7,133,916) on the Locate technology last month. The company also offers a product called Metron which tracks employee bandwidth usage, enabling companies to track how long employees surf the Internet or instant message their friends and family.

Before implementing any employee monitoring systems, companies should contact a business lawyer and employment lawyer to implement such systems in a way that avoids additional liability for the company.

Brett Trout

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