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    Associated Press: 2 University of Iowa employees disciplined for snooping with baby monitor

    The Associated Press has an interesting story about the possible use of baby monitors to listen in on others’ conversations:

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — A University of Iowa hospital supervisor abruptly left employment Thursday as the school announced it had disciplined two employees over a plan to use a baby monitor to listen to subordinates’ conversations.

    Pamela Snider, an office coordinator in the Department of Urology, no longer works for the university, UI Vice President for Strategic Communication Tysen Kendig said. He would not say whether she was one of the two employees disciplined in the case, saying those were confidential personnel matters.

    AFSCME Local 12 President John Stellmach had filed complaints with UI Department of Public Safety and human resources officials alleging that Snider told department employees she hid a baby monitor in a secretarial work area to determine whether they were talking too much. Stellmach’s complaints alleged department administrator Glenn Kell approved the device’s use.

    Snider expressed shock when contacted in her office earlier this week by The Associated Press. She repeatedly denied any knowledge of the baby monitor. But by Thursday, the 19-year UI veteran was out of her $50,000 per-year job. She did not return phone and e-mail messages seeking comment since Tuesday. […]

    UI Health Care — which includes the hospital and the medical college — issued a statement Thursday saying it had concluded its internal investigation into the monitoring and taken appropriate disciplinary action against two hospital employees involved.

    Kendig said a separate investigation by the UI Department of Public Safety continues. Legal experts say any secret monitoring of conversations could violate an Iowa law that requires at least one party’s consent.

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