Monitoring of someone else computer devices brings consequences. However, there are quite narrow exceptions such as monitoring of your employees and kid’s computer machines. So, at the end of the day somehow you want to manage to monitor your employees or children in terms of their laptop and desktop computer devices provided by parents or employers respectively. Forgetting things done, you have to be fall in parenting and employee monitoring activities to track target PCs. Otherwise, it would consider unethical spying and you may have to face serious charges for breaching someone’s privacy.
Anyhow, always keep in mind that spying on someone’s computer devices without the consent isn’t wrong only; it would consider a federal crime. Moreover, there are few certain conditions that allow you to monitor someone else’s computer such as an employer wants to spy on their employees desktop computer machine that he/she actually own.
On the other hand, the parent can track their teen’s activities because they are the guardian of their children. So, except these situations and exceptions, there is no wiggle room, and I think there probably should not be.
Don’t Cross the Line
What so ever the cases where employee monitoring becomes legal, even then there are some red lines that you cannot cross. Be careful because there are still open yourself up to the privacy lawsuits if you behave casually.
It might be possible that you ended up with tracking employees’ keystrokes of computer device including social messaging apps and further, you have used it to get access private message. It would consider you have crossed the line in case you have not alerted your employees that company’s owned devices are not authorized for personal activities.
However, spying on someone’s PC without consent (no matter if it is legal to do it) you are certainly breaking their trust. Being parents of children and teens, monitoring of browsing history on computer devices could be “OK”.
But you have alienated them and no matter what you do after the monitoring legal and ethical justifications cannot fix the broken trust of your teens and kids and employees and Vice Versa. Therefore, what activity you are going to spy on computer devices of your children and employees, consent or written agreement is necessary.