Details emerged yesterday of a patent application for a system to monitor all
aspects of an employee's activity, from computer use to heart beat and
But legal experts from law firm Eversheds have said that Microsoft will face major legal problems if it tries to implement the system around the world.
"Most countries say that companies cannot do this even with employee consent, " said Jonathan Armstrong, a partner at Eversheds.
"This is because it is a very 'master and slave' relationship. Employees have valid concerns."
Armstrong told vnunet.com that the situation is further complicated by the international nature of business.
If an employer is monitoring staff in Europe from a US head office, for example, there is debate as to how the law would be applied.
Similarly, unions and works councils are likely to kick up a stink over the treatment of staff under the proposed scheme.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago