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U.S. senators introduce bill to curb surveillance from employers

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has joined Sens. Cory Booker and Brian Schatz in a proposed bill that would limit increasing use of surveillance technologies by employers.

The Stop Spying Bosses Act, if passed, would work to regulate invasive and exploitative monitoring of employees, both off and on the clock, and penalties that often result from these practices.

The act would ban employer practices such as data collection, which can interfere with union organizing, and requiring timely, accessible and public disclosures from employers. It would regulate the role of automated decision-making and AI and form a new Privacy and Technology Division within the Department of Labor, which would enforce new regulations from this act.

“Employers are increasingly using invasive surveillance technologies that allow them to track their workers like pieces of equipment,” Casey said. “American workers ... deserve to be treated with basic dignity at work. The Stop Spying Bosses Act is a first step to level the playing field for workers by holding their bosses accountable for using invasive technology.”

Sens. John Fetterman, D-Pa., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are co-sponsoring the bill. Both Democrats, Booker and Schatz represent New Jersey and Hawaii, respectively.

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