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Moving beyond merely monitoring employees' Internet use, many of the nation's largest companies quietly are assembling teams of computer investigators who specialize in covertly copying employees' hard drives and combing them for evidence of workplace wrongdoing. These high-tech investigators employ tools . . .
Moving beyond merely monitoring employees' Internet use, many of the nation's largest companies quietly are assembling teams of computer investigators who specialize in covertly copying employees' hard drives and combing them for evidence of workplace wrongdoing. These high-tech investigators employ tools and techniques that originally were devised for law enforcement to catch criminals, but that are spreading in the private sector at Microsoft, Disney, Boeing, Motorola, Caterpillar and dozens of other major companies.

The development, little known outside the narrow community of corporate security experts, is sure to raise tensions over workplace privacy in an age when the lives of millions of workers are inextricably tied to their office computers.

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