Why go ethical?
When we think about ethical tech most of us think of trustworthy supply chains, materials that don’t exploit producers, mineral mining or virgin forest. But values-based technology isn’t just about physical objects. It’s also about the way it treats us as users.
Take payroll/timesheet app technology. Our research shows that many timekeeping platforms use software that tracks employees in exhausting detail.
By installing certain apps on their phones, they have to accept features like ‘geo-fencing’, with alerts when they enter or exit certain areas or location-tracking to within a 300m radius. Or GPS refresh every three minutes – that’s 160 unique location points over a standard 8-hour working day.
If they disable GPS, they are often blocked from using key features. And if they forget to switch their GPS off when their shift ends, it carries on tracking them regardless – even on their own phone.
We understand why an employer might like to know what their employees are doing from minute to minute, and where. But this level of scrutiny comes at a price.
A legal minefield
The first problem is legal. Under the new general data protection regulations that came into force back in May 2018, it now considers location data to be ‘personal data’, so you are now legally obliged to provide ‘personal data’ within 31 days if requested. Even when software platforms or apps are installed on company devices (such as laptops or mobile phones) that either directly, or indirectly track employee’s location, they often fail to distinguish between work and personal time. What if your employee needs to rush to the doctors on their break? What if they have to collect their sick child from school? Under the new GDPR regulations, every individual has the right to request any stored data that you process on them. But how easily could you extract that employee’s information from the software platform or app? The bigger the data mountain, the harder the task. Many organizations would find it nearly impossible and therefore contravene the new GDPR regulations. Whatever financial benefits you gain from using GPS tracking technology, (either directly or indirectly) could actually turn out to be very costly for your business in the long run.
A moral dilemma
What if an employee asks you to provide all their location data?
- Would you know how to react?
- Do you know what data your current software platform harvests?
- Does your tracking software offer an opt-in, opt-out feature for your employees that includes statutory break times?
- Can your service provider give you the relevant employee’s data within the legal timeframe, so that you don’t contravene General Data Protection Regulations?
Many payroll packages also store sensitive information like bank details and home addresses. In the event of a data breach, those details become highly exposed. When tied to location data, it’s even more vulnerable. Would you feel comfortable knowing that an app or software platform is processing every place you’ve been, every time you went there, every single day?
We believe there’s a better alternative
Tribuco has been designed to put the trust back into timekeeping and invoicing. Tribuco trusted not tracked provides seamless timekeeping for your mobile workforce without compromising your employee’s privacy or GDPR.
We don’t track locations
We don’t ‘geofence’
We don’t pester users with permissions
We don’t collect POI’s
We don’t store location history
We don’t collect bank details
We don’t contravene General Data Protection Regulations
Tribuco provides a robust, safe, transparent connection between employees, management and payroll. We’ve spent thousands of hours researching, testing and refining Tribuco, trusted not tracked with real human beings, rather than using low-cost/high-risk, lazy tracking technology. Tribuco is the only safe, ethical alternative to GPS tracking technology.