26% of big tech employees say their companies spy on them unreasonably

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Just over a quarter of big tech employees say that their companies go to unreasonable lengths to spy on them, according to a report by Blind.

Employees of some of the 26 biggest names in tech were asked one True or False question on the Blind App: My company goes to unreasonable lengths to monitor employees.

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Companies included the likes of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, and many, many more.

The survey ran from September 20 through October 1, 2018, and was answered by 6,707 users of the Blind app. Users could only answer once.

A little over 1/4 responded that their companies were going to far in monitoring their employees.

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Chart by Blind

Here are some key findings:

  • Overall, 25.8% responded with True. 54.12% of employees answered with True. This is the highest among any company with at least 50 employee responses, and more than double the overall survey average.
  • Rounding out the five companies with the highest percentage of employees answering with True are Intel (43.45%), Snapchat (40%), PayPal (38.6%) and Veritas (37.74%).
  • Spotify had the lowest percentage of employees feeling their company goes to unreasonable lengths to monitor employees, with just 4.69% of employees answering True.
  • Rounding out the five companies with the lowest percentage of employees feeling their company is spying on them are LinkedIn (10.78%), Adobe (11.54%), Airbnb (14.81%), and Nvidia (16.07%).

Here is the full list of results to the anonymous questionnaire:

big tech employee spy
Chart by Blind

Blind is an anonymous social network for working professionals.

Its user base includes over 44,000 employees from Microsoft, 30,000 from Amazon, 11,000 from Google, 8,000 from Uber, 8,000 from Facebook, 7,000 from Apple, 5,500 from LinkedIn, and 4,500 from Salesforce, just to name a few.

With such a large user base of tech professionals, it makes it easy to quickly poll these employees about important and popular topics, such as forced arbitration.


  1. Intel spied on their employees? They didn’t do a very good job.

    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was caught for illegal insider trading in Intel stock. Krzanich also had an affair with an employee that was against company policy.

    Would love to see journalists addressing Krzanich and how he slipped through the Intel surveillance multiple times. Did he instruct the surveillance net to be lowered just for himself? Who else was involved?

    Something’s going on.

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