University of British Columbia tracked his ‘theft of time’

The University of B.C. wants the right to keep using “spyware” to monitor its employees’ Internet use.

And the university — which used the software to fire a worker who surfed non-work-related websites for hours a day — has gone to court to challenge an anti-spyware order by B.C.’s privacy commission.

Michel Mandono, an engineering technician in UBC’s botany department, was fired in February 2005 for “repeated theft of time” as well as failure to perform his work, excessive lateness, dishonesty and breach of trust.

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