Startups and small businesses are steadily rising with various government and private organisations focusing on this sector and providing funding and help in areas like resources, technology and more.

But it was a post that I came across which talked about how apparently a team of students from a renowned university: BITS Pilani were working on an app to keep a closer track on employees in a small companies, that got me thinking.

Now, this is a really disturbing thing to be developing, since it would allow an employer to track the whereabouts of their employees without even the latter having any idea about it.

Here are a few reasons why this app is so concerning:

#1. Dehumanising

First of all, it is extremely dehumanising to the employees who are being tracked as if like animals, any and everywhere that they go.

This kind of invasion of privacy is extremely unethical and starts to consider the employees as not humans but an object that you can control and track as per your will.

“We track the location of employees, second by second just like Uber does for it’s employees”

This line was extremely disturbing since Uber’s business system is extremely different from a normal office where an employee spends a certain number of hours in person.

It makes sense for Uber to keep track of their drivers since they are always moving about the city and the increase in number of crimes like robbery, assault, harassment and more has made it necessary to do so. Plus it is meant for matching them with location based customers.

#2. Becoming Extremely Robotic

Technology is reaching each and every part of our lives and with online tracking already in place by government and even online portals like Google and Facebook, this is just going one step further.

Why create such a harsh and robotic environment for the employees where every second they are terrified that someone is watching them at all times of the day.

This is simply turning humans into machines who mechanically do their work, without any kind of freedom.

A simple clock in and out system is understood to maintain the office decorum of punctuality, but anything more than that is just unnecessary.

#3. Human Element Is Going Away

Such close monitoring by technology makes the human element of the office space go away, something that is not always good.

This kind of tracking does away with the constant interaction between the employees and their employers and create a very clinical environment.

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#4. Increased Paranoia

Such kind of apps and technology can also increase paranoia for both the sides.

One point about the app that is worrying is,

“Our solution work even when the internet is turned off in the employee’s device.”

The fact that it can work even without any internet connection is almost scary, since that way, no matter what, you are never able to be on your own.

What this will do is create paranoia in the employees and could potentially affect their productivity, which in turn will show on the app and could harm their job.

Not only employee, but even the employer will constantly be checking the app to see where the employees are and whether they are following the rules or not.

#5. Negative Corporate Culture

Most of all though, it’s the fact that such an app could introduce a very negative corporate culture where even the basic rights of a person are being stripped away.

“The best part is the employees won’t even know their location is being tracked in their office house and is not allowed to uninstall the company’s app till they are a part of it.”

Employees can be tracked without any consent of theirs which is a massive breach of their privacy and not something that should be approved.

Also, this kind of constant and intimate tracking is not really going to help, and could be counterproductive.

It is not like right now, those who are not being useful to the company are not found out, since it clearly shows in your work at the end of the day. Most of the time, team leaders and office managers know exactly how much work each employee is doing and if someone is wasting time and not doing anything then it shows.

If the targets or goals are not achieved then you don’t need these kinds of metrics of how many coffee or smoke breaks a person takes, to prove their inefficiency.

Discipline is important, especially in a professional environment, no doubt about that, but at the end of the day work and quality is most important.

So a person who is coming to the office on time but not being productive is not useful to the company but a person who has fluctuating timelines but is bringing profit will be.

It is also important to maintain the sanctity of office and that certain boundaries are respected on both ends.

China Social Credit System

Before India, China has already had this idea of intensive tracking, only at a much larger scale.

Apparently, as per reports, by 2020, the entire 1.35 billion people of China will be integrated into a ranking system where each citizen will be given a social credit score based on their economic, social and political behaviour.

The Chinese government has apparently said that this is to encourage trust and moral behaviour of citizens and increase administrative productivity.

Under this credit system, the citizens will be judged on the score or points they get affecting their daily lives.

The data will allegedly be collected from government departments of all kinds, that go from criminal records, social media activity, business dealings etc.

The exact basis on which these scores are given is not revealed but some behaviours can include bad driving, smoking on trains, spreading fake news, causing trouble on flights, buying excessive video games, not paying fines on time and more.

For instance, posting anti-government or hateful posts on one’s social media can result in a low social credit score.

Following traffic rules, showing good Samaritan behaviour and more can increase a citizen’s scores. A high credit score can be gotten by exhibiting good behaviour like helping someone on the road, not littering, and such.

Those who have a good credit score can get privileges like better loans, discount on energy bills, access to good hotels, schools, gym, schools and more.

However, a low social credit score can result in being publicly shamed as a bad citizen, the citizen or their kids even being expelled from schools, and disturbingly not being allowed to use trains or flights.

Update: This startup or the idea is in no way endorsed by any of the professors or alumni of BITS Pilani.

Image Credits: Facebook

Sources: Business Insider India, BBC 

Find the blogger at: chirali_08

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  1. Hi Chirali!

    Great work there in writing a highly biased post. You have proved your skills in drawing out conclusions with negligible amount of data. Care to share whether you bothered to read the comments or to reach out to the person who posted it to get some details about the idea? Also, I see that you mentioned “Google images” as your image source. Can you please share the link of the image.

    • Hello,

      First, thank you for reading the article. And second, please let me know how it is biased. I merely came across the post online and upon reading some of the features of the app that is being designed, it certainly worried me as a working individual. The data that I saw was the words of the original poster himself, and things like tracking without consent, the app working even with the internet off do not seem ethical to me. So with that in mind, I felt I had the basic right to express my concerns and opinion on the topic and why it did not feel right to me. Do let me know if there are any wrong facts in the post and I will surely correct them.


  2. Hey Chirali!
    Your very poor researched article reminds of an old joke. If I jump from your writing skills to your Homework skills, I would still be in air. And your writing skills are average.
    I also feel disappointed with the editor of this page who painstakingly do not do anything.
    Would like to congratulate the non existing Fact check team.
    Also applauds on your lying about source. I think this is a serious concern and any responsible website should look into it.

    • Hello,

      I would first like to thank you for reading the article. I’m sorry my writing skills could not match up to your high standards. I was just exercising my right of free speech and expressing concern over a post I came across that had some concerning things in it. All the information for the app has been taken from the post itself and nowhere else. Things like tracking without consent, the app working even with the internet off do not seem ethical to me and so I thought to express my opinion on the topic and why it did not feel right to me.

      However, if there are any wrong or false facts in the article, do let me know and I will surely correct them. If you have any extra information about the app do share it with us.


  3. This is stupid. The app is nowhere and won’t be sold. It definitely doesn’t deserves an article. Just because something let’s make you clickbait content doesn’t mean you publish it.

  4. Hello,

    Firstly there was no app developed or is in “technical” development stage.

    It was just an idea put for discussion.

    Please be specific when making such comments.

    Would recommend to comment upon things after verifying all facts and proofs, in this case checking if there is such app or not.

    All the best.

  5. HI,
    This was an Idea to be discussed upon in a closed group as has happened many a times before. that’s what people from certain colleges do. Not for people to create click bait links and articles by jumping to conclusions just on the basis of first looks. If you came across the post, did you not spend some more time checking the comments section or was the tag too eye catching to let go from making a headline? Our alumni contact gives us a good chance of brainstorming on such things and carving out something better; even on closed public groups, or should I say, it used to.
    But I hope you take a better approach towards researching on such complicated topics. Just as you pointed out, Such a service is bound to raise concerns and it did. But if down pouring on such ideas took place everyday and on such an initial stage, you’ll only end up with another generation of working class depressed individuals.
    Hope you see the good in this raw and direct suggestion. All the best for your future articles.


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