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I work at a large university and have a computer supplied by my employer.
I would like to find out whether my employer is snooping or can snoop on my files or activity on my computer. Can I find that out? How would I go about?
There is apparently some sort of remote management that the help desk can use if I call them and accept their request to log onto my computer. Program updates are also pushed out automatically.
The machine runs Mac OS X, I have admin privileges and can install any software I want.
(Note that this is a technical question, not a policy one. Also note that I understand any computer can be hacked. This question is more pointed towards assessing typical threats from my friendly sysadmins and their equally benevolent bosses.)