Big Brother programs keep getting sneakier.. doesn't anybody trust anybody anymore? Spying seems to be the wave of the future.. Trouble is the applications presented here are already being adapted for' other' uses.. 1] Cataphora is a Silicon Valley company that tries to model what an ' effective' employee looks like based on his/her electronic trail. According to the online ' magazine' Slate: " But how do you tell if an employee is happy and working in the company's best interest? " According to Elizabeth Charnock, CEO of Cataphora, you start by determining the normal level of electronic activity for individuals then go hunting for any deviation from that norm. They look for people who use all-caps [ typically a sign of high emotion ] or who is communicating with people on a distant part of the org chart - a relationship that may make no organizational sense - they also look for 'call me' events when something discussed electronically is taken to the phone. Another sign of something very personal going on [ and thus 'damaging' to the company ] would be if two employees who share a language, switch to that, say Russian from English mid-correspondence. the company builds filters that find out when people are revising their resumes. They also look for first drafts of employee reviews on hard drives, which are often much harsher and more accurate than versions filed with HR. Another filter looks for incidences where an employee contradicts his/herself - instances where e-mails are sent like " Great Idea, Boss!" and then the next minute another message is sent to a fellow employee like " Did you see that memo? what a idiot! " And they wonder why there's a downturn in employee loyalty 2] On another front. the type of sensors cops use to check tipsy drivers can also tattle on you if you don't wash your hands in the washroom. Hand washing is vital for avoiding the spread of germs and is particularly critical in food processing, hospitals and other places of hands-on work. A monitoring device developed at the University of Florida detects sanitizer or soap fumes given off by people's hands as they exit the washroom offering real-time 'compliance' with hygiene measures. The mere presence of a soap-sniffer could improve compliance by being a compelling reminder to workers. Could see that latter device at a bar/pub with a red light and siren over the privvie door set to go off if the person coming out doesn't have the scent of soft foaming bubble soap on their digits.. When did society get so suspicious of each other and please don't say 9/11 or something.. this has been in the works far longer.. Cameras on the streets, scanners everywhere... time to become a hermit and hide in a cave, if you could afford the rent..