Company used Apple App to spy on worker

poison-appleApple gear is being used by autocratic companies to spy on the activities of workers, a US court has been told.

A Central California woman claims she was fired after uninstalling an app that her employer required her to run constantly on her company issued iPhone. The app that tracked her every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Plaintiff Myrna Arias worked for money transfer service Intermex, Her boss, John Stubits, fired her shortly after she uninstalled the job-management Xora app that she and her colleagues were required to use:

After researching the app Arias and her co-workers asked whether Intermex would be monitoring their movements while off duty. Stubits admitted that employees would be monitored while off duty.

He bragged that he knew how fast she was driving at specific moments ever since she installed the app on her phone. While the Arias had no problem with the app’s GPS function during work hours, but she objected to the monitoring of her location during non-work hours.

The suit, which claims invasion of privacy, retaliation, unfair business practices, and other allegations, seeks damages in excess of $500,000 and asserts she was monitored on the weekends when she was not working.

Arias’ boss “scolded” her for uninstalling the app shortly after being required to use it. Her attorneys said the woman made $7,250 per month and that she “met all quotas” during a brief stint with Intermex last year.

The app was not used to protect the phone from theft, because Intermex was using it to log the routes taken by employees and the mileage of their journeys.