WebFox, private Internetnutzung am Arbeitsplatz

Culture instead of Control - Private Internet Use at the Workplace

Private Internet use or surfing at the workplace is often frowned upon. In the worst case, surfing on the Internet at work can lead to termination. The WebFox System is a concept from which both the employer and employee can benefit equally with regard to private Internet use. This way the employer can make a conscious decision regarding private Internet use and allow private Web surfing at work to be used for business and personal use. The user only has to click to differentiate between business and personal Web surfing at the workplace.


The employer can define a time balance for surfing at the workplace, which declines in correlation to personal Internet use. If employers do not grant a time balance for Web surfing at the workplace, rules can be set up to only allow personal surfing during breaks. Or WebFox can be linked to the work time recording systems so that private Internet use results in a "stamp." WebFox makes it possible for companies to handle private Internet use and Web surfing at the workplace according to their specifications, while also ensuring compliance with data protection regulations. This way, surfing the Web at work can be ideally managed.

The WebFox System ensures legal security for private Internet use as well as conforming to the data privacy protection regulations while surfing at work. An increase in productivity can definitely be expected with the surf time balance to be granted. Because of the strict separation between surfing privately or business-related at the workplace, each employee consciously thinks about the fact that they are about to use the Internet privately when clicking the button to switch. If the employer has set up a surf time balance, the employee can check the balance anytime and gets a feeling of time management. More efficient work performance through increased motivation and raised media competence are advantages for the employer.

There are, however, legal regulations to keep in mind. The collection, storage, alteration and transmittance of connection, content and usage data for private Internet use is permissible if private Internet use is forbidden and when the purpose specification serves the working relationship between the employer and the employee or it is necessary to protect legitimate interests of the employer. The German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) does not, however, say what is meant by purpose specification or legitimate and protection-worthy interests. If private Internet use is allowed, the rules for monitoring fall under the German Telecommunications Act (TKG) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG). That means that all content and connection data from Internet and email communication are subject to the privacy of telecommunications.

WebFox offers invaluable help here, especially because private and business emails and Internet use are strictly separated from each other. With WebFox the employee receives business emails in the business account, while private emails can be received during personal Internet use. A click of the WebFox button is enough to switch between business and private surfing at the workplace. With this solution the privacy of telecommunications in section 88 paragraph 2 of the German Telecommunications Act (§ 88 Abs. 2 TKG (Fernmeldegeheimnis) is adhered to. This solution provides the adherence thereof. In addition the application is transparent, comprehensive and conforms to the law. 

Request Information

Software-Lösung WebFox, private Internetnutzung am Arbeitsplatz

Next Steps

WebFox manages private use of the Internet and email in the company according to individual specifications, with a click.