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Study: Most people 'snoop' on their co-workers

When a co-worker pops into your cube for a quick chat, there’s a good chance he or she is getting more than just a little break from work.

According to the Visual Data Breach Risk Assessment Study by People Security, 71% of employees admitted to taking a glancing at a co-worker’s computer screen when they noticed certain information being displayed. Here’s the type of info that employees admitted to viewing:

  • spreadsheets (29%)
  • corporate e-mails (26%)
  • presentations (20%)
  • documents (18%), or
  • other sensitive corporate info (11%).

While most employees said their actions were unintentional, 15% admitted to being interested in what they saw, and 2% even said they were looking for the purpose of obtaining info.

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