According to Bloomberg Googlehas developed a tool for internal use that can detect that employees are planning meetings of a large number of people. However, employees suspect that the newly developed tool is some kind of spyware that is used to deter worker activism or organization.
A browser tool developed by Google to track meeting requests made by employees has sparked controversy within the search giant itself. The tool is able to detect that employees organize meetings with a large number of people. Google employees claim that software designed to be installed in a Chrome browser running on all employees' computers is a kind of surveillance tool the company plans to use to monitor and deter employee activism.
A Google representative, improved the extension in response to spam increase told. The agent says the tool serves as a kind of reminder when employees attempt to automatically add meetings to calendars or multiple people and to avoid abuse of the feature. It also states that the extension does not prevent users from creating such meetings and does not collect personal information when triggered. The Google representative adds that the claims about the work and purpose of this extension are categorically incorrect.
Regardless, concerns about the vehicle are increasing among employees. According to Bloomberg, employees in internal message boards discuss and mock Google's leaders. An employee says the tool has become the topic of discussion at Google's weekly company-wide meetings.
In fact, the emergence of such troubles in the case of Google is not very surprising. Because last year, the company was shaken by allegations of sexual harassment, and Google employees around the world organized and marched against harassment. It is impossible to know what the purpose of the vehicle really is for now, but it is possible to understand why employees are concerned about it.