In yet another step towards our inevitably Orwellian future, companies are beginning to use technology to spy on their employees in the workplace, tracking the habits of individuals to great detail.

A London-based start-up, StatusToday, was included in a metadata collection exercise in which employee behaviour was monitored and analysed; Everything including the websites and files they were accessing, the frequency at which they accessed them and when their key cards were used at a company door among other tells which could alert bosses to untoward behaviour.

A poster from George Orwell's 1984

The implementation of the software, designed to better understand employee behaviour to build artificial intelligence, was aided by British intelligence agency GCHQ, (Government Communications Headquarters) and focusses on online activity.

However frightening this may sound, the software could have benefits for employees: working from home, for example. 'We can actually quantify if [increased productivity from working at home] is true for individual employees,' said Mr Dumitrescu. 'Whether they should be allowed to work from home can then be based on data.'

'All of this gives us a fingerprint of a user, so if we think the fingerprint doesn't match, we raise an alert,' Mircea Dumitrescu, the chief technology officer at StatusToday, told the New Scientist. Continuing with, 'We're not monitoring if your computer has a virus,' said Mr Dumitrescu. 'We're monitoring human behaviour.' 

So perhaps its time to log off Facebook and clear your cache/entire digital presence? Or risk...

NSFW: Artificial Intelligence can track your (worst) work habits
NSFW: Artificial Intelligence can track your (worst) work habits