Strange and intrusive bathroom rules at Norwegian companies

Norwegian insurance company DNB has installed an alarm system in their toilets that alerts managers if an employee spends "too much time" in the restroom. Apparently, this is only the latest weird and intrusive bathroom rule reported to privacy agency Datatilsynet, the "data inspectorate." From the Telegraph:

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Last year the country's workplace ombudsman said one firm was reported for making women workers wear a red bracelet when they were having their period to justify more frequent trips to the loo.

Another company made staff sign a lavatory "visitors book" while a third issued employees with an electronic key card to gain access to the lavatories so they could monitor breaks.

Norway's chief workplace ombudsman Bjorn Erik Thon said: "These are extreme cases of workplace monitoring, but they are real.

"We receive many complaints about monitoring in the workplace, which is becoming a growing problem as it is so often being used for something other than what it was originally intended for.

"Norwegian alarm system monitors length of office lavatory visits"