Monitoring user habits on a pc

Hi - one of my clients suspects that one of their employees is sharing their contact and business data with potential competitors.
This is a small 10 person company so there are no enterprise levels policies here , simply windows laptops running off a peer to peer network and some of the users teleworking at home or on the move.
So I have been asked to observe the users movements on the laptop when possible. I have access to it remotely when needed but it’s usually with the user. I would like to have an ftp server installed on there so I can transfer files that may be deemed sensitive and see if they have been used in such a way outside of the business interest. A similar system that LogMeIn or teamviewer offer but more silent and free . Also a way to track browsing history remotely..


DominicIT ConsultantAsked:
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Martin MillerCTOCommented:
Try another approach, installing alternate tools that PUSH data to a service when connected. Most of the log aggregation tools can do this, and also have custom data sources added where you can script specific data to be pushed.
That depends on the law in Italy in regards to employee wiretapping.

There are wiretapping laws in the USA that would prevent you from doing certain things.

Here are some free software.

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>>> "This is a small 10 person company so there are no enterprise levels policies here , simply windows laptops running off a peer to peer network and some of the users teleworking at home or on the move." <<<

Who owns the laptops?
Have employees signed a responsible user agreement that limits what they are allowed and disallowed from doing with their laptops?
Have employees ever been advised that their company computer use may be monitored or checked?

If the laptops are owned by the company and supplied to employees for company use only you might think that you, as the administrator, can monitor everything they are doing on those computers, but unless they have been told that they are for business use only you could end up capturing private data such as facebook, private emails, etc.  That could be morally and legally wrong.
DominicIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone ,

Thanks for all your valid comments here . Its interesting how it entails other issues. Employees are just handed laptops with nothing to sign regarding their use of them.
I wonder as part of the whole GDPR policy that's being enforced in May for Europe , this also needs to be considered .
I have always struggled to get policies in place for small businesses thinking it's just enterprises that require them. Will look into this.
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