We know that News Corp’s now-defunct News of the World was rather too keen to intrude on people’s privacy.
Now it appears that one of the company’s divisions, Dow Jones, is going to intrude into the private time of its own employees.
According to a memo, revealed by Jim Romenesko, cameras placed in the coffee bars at the company’s various offices across the world are going to transmit pictures to the New York headquarters.
Here’s the full memo, sent yesterday by “DJ Communications”, which offers an entirely innocent motive for the initiative:
Subject: Going live.
We’re going live. Starting today, live feeds of the South Brunswick, Hong Kong and Singapore coffee bar common areas, as well as the Tokyo canteen and the Lagrange and Federal Way print plants, will be transmitted to New York and publicly displayed on a column by the 1211 bar, helping further connect the global offices by showcasing the daily happenings of these common areas.
If you’re in these spaces, you’ll be in the live video feed. The video will be broadcast across a secure internal network; no one outside the company will be able to access [it].
Further connecting global offices by showcasing the daily happenings of these common areas? Orwell would have loved that development of double-speak.
Source (with picture): Jim Romenesko
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