Posted 14 June 2009 - 11:29 AM
Thanks for the quick feedback. I did speak to the management of the company at the outset of this engagement and explained that while I respect their right to monitor everything that belongs to the company, I could not allow access to my equipment. They said they do not access the personal equipment of Independent Contractors. However, I have come to believe that the IT security personnel (perhaps without authorization) have compromised my computer, and other IC's. If this turns out to be baseless, and I'm just being paranoid, I don't want to escalate the issue. Thus, I am trying to see for myself.
The only contractual agreement that exist between me and the company is MY Independent Contractor Agreement, crafted by my lawyer, which does not provide the company with any rights of access to my equipment (or any other special rights). They have not provided, nor have I agreed to, any specific "terms" to use their network. However, as a practical matter, I think they are perfectly within their rights to monitor any traffic across their network. My issue is that their rights stop at the end of the plug ... they cannot legitimately compromise my computer.