Recently I started working from home (like half of the world these days due to the Corona virus). Work has provided me with a laptop/screen etc. and a VPN to the company network. I only use this laptop for work purposes (but I am logged into Whatsapp and Facebook on it) and not outside work hours (although sometimes I forget to turn it off directly).
Today I received an e-mail from HR stating that they have done some tests, because the network has been bad, and that IT has concluded this is due to extensive use of sites such as Netflix etc. IT has provided HR with a list of IP addresses where this was ascertained. HR has requested everyone to stop doing this immediately. They consider this to be an incident, which they expect to not happen again.
This e-mail was written as if it was sent to the whole company. A list of the 'guilty' IP addresses was stated in the e-mail and everyone was asked to check for themself if it's you (due to privacy regulations, they say). However, I explicitly saw my only name in the 'receivers' of the e-mail, so it appears as if they know who they sent it to and put everyone in BCC?
At first I laughed at it, but when I saw that it appeared to be sent only to me I decided to check the IP. And I've double-checked about 10 times so far, but my IP was clearly on the list...
Now I do watch a lot of Netflix since the quarantine, but I do so on my own laptop/phone and in my own time (or maybe once for 10 minutes on my phone during my lunch break).
Now I assume that they are referring to watching Netflix on the company laptop during work hours. And I want to reply and tell them that what they are saying (or basically accusing me of) is not true. But I also don't want to end up having any kind of problem with HR.
So now I wonder: can IT see what I do on my own phone/laptop, now I have a company laptop at home?
To me, it seems too ridiculous that this is what they are referring to. Besides, I don't think that they can tell me what I can and cannot watch on my private devices outside work hours. Or if I was living with someone, what a partner can and cannot watch on a private device while I work from home. But the e-mail is framed in such a way as if it is already a fact, that it makes me doubt about this.
I spoke about this to someone else, who thought that maybe IT sees that my internet is a problem. Tonight, I ran some speedtests and my download is 19 Mbps and upload is 3 Mbps. FYI: I work in customer service and I call over the internet (and do experience problems with this).