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Monthly Archives: October 2004

Death by Meeting

Death by Meeting 死亡會議 This is Patrick Lencioni’s new book published in 2004, again a fiction and management book. I think this one, for the story, is better written than his previous books. The description of the characters and the scenes in the story are more interesting and with more depth. The story is about […]

Obsessions

Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive 非凡CEO的迷痴 Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive 非凡CEO的迷痴 is Patrick Lencioni’s second book written in 2000, again it is a fiction as well as a management book. The readers would be eager to know the obsessions of that very successful person. CEO is supposed to be rational and sensible. It is […]

The 5 Temptations

The 5 Temptations of a CEO 五度誘惑 Just gone through Patrick Lencioni’s first book The 5 Temptations of a CEO. It is a remarkable book on management issues written as a fiction. Thus it is quite enjoyable reading through the story. It is also easy reading. The setting was a bit scary, where the character […]

RFID and personal data privacy

I wonder if it is sheer coincidental or the situation has matured to a real management issue on personal data privacy. Another RFID article appeared in CNet on 30 September and this time it raised more concern on personal data privacy than the convenience of the technology on inventory control. Please see an extract below […]

Case on employee monitoring

A real case on employee monitoring reported in Ming Pao today quoted below. It involves CITA, but it could easily be a government department and involves EOs. Colleagues working on HRM, general management and IT management please take note. 【明報專訊】公營機構建造業訓練局位於屯門的訓練場,有員工投訴管理層涉未通知員工,暗自把保安錄影帶拿走檢視「捉蛇王」,員工質疑有侵犯私隱之嫌,正考慮向私隱專員公署投訴。工會批評事件反映本港辦公地點的錄影監察,長期欠監管及實務指引,員工私隱未有足夠保障。 局方﹕檢視影帶屬管理職務 局方回應堅持檢視錄影帶「是管理職務一部分」,但沒正面回應是否曾藉保安錄影帶來「捉蛇王」。 私隱專員公署指僱主倘把保安錄影帶改作捉蛇王之用,一般而言並無違反《私隱條例》,但署方認同「良好的行事方式」,僱主應事先通知員工有關政策。 建造業訓練局屯門屯義路訓練場,專作教授駕駛挖泥機等工程車,局方透露上址裝了4部閉路電視作保安用,因上址地方大難安排員工巡視,局方回覆本報時強調閉路電視只作「保安及管理用途」,局方亦從來沒有在辦公室內設置錄影設備。 員工批評事前未獲通知 但有員工向本報投訴指局方涉侵犯員工私隱,事緣近日管理層懷疑有員工上班遲到,曾親身到上址企圖「捉蛇王」不果,其後一名高級經理暗地致電(或電郵)一名負責訓練場行政的經理,要求交出過去兩月的保安錄影帶(7月中至9月中)以供檢視。由於錄影帶可拍下員工出入時間,員工相信取走錄影帶是為捉蛇王。 投訴人批評局方從沒告訴員工保安錄影帶用作捉蛇王,他和同事認為此舉不尊重並涉侵犯私隱,即使真的要這樣做也應先通知員工﹕「我們應有權反對﹗」 建造業訓練局回應時指一向尊重及保障員工私隱,並指「本局從沒有以閉路電視作……保安及管理以外的用途」。 私隱署﹕「僱傭事宜」可接受 私隱專員公署拒評個別個案,但指僱主倘把保安錄影帶用途改變,用作翻看僱員活動紀錄,應屬受《私隱條例》監管的「收集個人」資料行為,署方認為僱主良好的方式,是應把此行為列作公司監察政策中及知會員工。但署方補充指,倘僱主為捉蛇王而翻看錄影帶,應算是與「僱傭事宜」有關的合法目的,故屬可以接受。 【明報專訊】私隱專員公署承認,僱主在工作期間監察員工活動(如閉路電視錄影)情?日漸普遍,2001年初署方已提出需制定《實務守則》以助監管,惟至今仍未成事,最新的說法是年底前會發出指引,但據悉該指引很可能是沒有法律約束力的「最佳行事方式指引」。職工盟秘書長 李卓人對私隱署遲遲未發出指引保障僱員感失望,並擔心這是當局礙於僱主團體的壓力。李卓人指,僱主以閉路電視監察員工是否蛇王並非不可,但必須事先知通知員工,以示尊重,否則便屬侵犯私隱。 「街工」梁耀忠則指倘僱主擅以保安影帶以確認員工有否蛇王,對沒蛇王的員工是一種侮辱,亦易使僱傭雙方失去互信基礎。李梁兩人均促請私隱署盡快推出《實務守則》。 閉路電視非鎖定某人不違例 私隱署數字則顯示,過去收到有關「工作地點監察活動」的投訴每年不夠10宗,但大部分都缺表面證據、或投訴人撤回投訴。 […]

Symposium on RFID

I attended the Wireless and Mobile Symposium in July 2004 and picked the sessions on RFID and personal data privacy. There are two sessions on RFID, one by Dr. CY Lee of HKUST and the other by Brian Eccles of IBM. Both are heavily dosed on the value of RFID on the supply chain, logistics […]

Personal Data Privacy

I am not a defender of personal data privacy. My bottom line is that personal privacy must be balanced with personal needs. I welcome the up-to-date information sent to me by vendors and advertisers. I don’t mind letting them know some of my personal data. I just want to be able to refuse those I […]

RFID

Scientific American ran an article on RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Tag) in its January issue. RFID is a small and inexpensive device which can give out its identity when in the proximity of a reading device. Benetton is planning to put RFID in its garments and Wal-Mart wishes to ask its major suppliers to put […]