Microsoft will now snitch on you at work like never before

You think there are limits to what your employer can see you do online? Some new Microsoft updates may make you think a little more about that.

With blessed coincidence, Microsoft is preparing a couple of little updates that may curb employee rulebreaking enthusiasm.

Yes, this news again comes courtesy of Microsoft’s roadmap service, where Redmond prepares you for the joys to come.

This time, there are a couple of joys.

The first is headlined: “Microsoft 365 compliance center: Insider risk management — Increased visibility on browsers.”

It all sounded wonderful until you those last four words, didn’t it? For this is the roadmap for administrators. And when you give a kindly administrator “increased visibility on browsers,” you can feel sure this means an elevated level of surveillance of what employees are typing into those browsers.

In this case, Microsoft is targeting “risky activity.” Which, presumably, has some sort of definition. It offers a link to its compliance center, where the very first sentence has whistleblower built in: “Web browsers are often used by users to access both sensitive and non-sensitive files within an organization.”

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