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You may concerns about your privacy on social media, but do you feel like you’re being watched too closely at your place of employment? Security cameras are one thing, but some companies may be taking the monitoring too far.

According to Oddity Central, an employee of Hebo Technology in China recently spilled the beans on a highly questionable corporate practice. The woman said that she and at least nine other employees in her office had been monitored via smart seat cushions for several months.

The smart cushions were a gift from company management and were supposed to help them them stay healthy by monitoring their vitals and offering wellness tips. The cushions provided data such as breathing rate, heart rate, and sitting posture, and even reminded them to stretch or get up if they sat too long. However, the cushions also had another purpose.

The woman said she ran into one of the HR managers who asked why she was not at her desk between 10:00 and 10:30 AM the day before. She quickly realized that the only way HR could have known the exact time she had been away from her desk was via the smart seat cushions.

What do you think? Does this sound illegal? Immoral? Does an employer have a right to monitor their workers this closely, or is it an invasion of privacy. I’d like to know what they’re doing with all of the health information gathered by the cushions?

A spokesperson for Hebo Technology acknowledged that the office employees had been given the smart seat cushions, but denied that the company had intended to use them as a monitoring tool. An investigation by 21st Century Business Herald revealed that employees had been given consent forms for data collection, but only in English, not Chinese. Hmm…