The Clash of Transparency Vs. Privacy In the Workspace

The modern workspace is a complicated place. Current professional culture promotes openness and collaboration over secrecy and individual effort, yet many projects and initiatives require a degree of discretion.

If you own or manage a workplace filled with glass walls and window yet your team often deals with presentations that should be seen only be a select few staffers and clients, then cloaking window film might create the level of privacy you need without damaging the open culture you and your colleagues have come to value.

Even in the most open, transparent of professional environments, discretion will always be paramount at least some of the time.

When Information Must Be Shared with Some, Not All

Whether a team is developing a new product whose value could be damaged by the leak of information or if a management meeting is discussing budgetary matters that could directly impact the larger workforce or even the stock price of a company if revealed prematurely, proper conducting of professional business often mandates privacy and even secrecy.

Yet closed door meetings and sealed off conferences create a backlash within the community of a company, an academic institution, or even a government agency. Thus we see most newly built or renovated offices filled with large windows built into the walls and doors of offices and with conference rooms surrounded by transparent glass walls. These transparent design elements allow the people within an office or conference space to discuss matters privately while still letting others nearby see them collaborating. In essence, the modern office design allows for discretion when it comes to specifics but transparency when it comes to the essence of community.

Screens On Display

When sensitive data is displayed on a computer screen or a television monitor, though, a glass wall or window can invite unwanted sharing of information. It’s one thing for people to know who is in a meeting; it’s quite another for them to know every detail of this or that schematic, the budget forecast for the coming year, or even the proposed salary and compensation package for a new hire in upper management. Keeping data on screens private is of the utmost importance in many corporations, government entities, academic organizations, and more. The problem, of course, is that modern LED and LCD screens were designed precisely to promote a clear, crisp view of the content therein displayed.

How Can You Keep a Screen Private? In the Old Days…

The first generation of screen privacy films had to be applied directly to the surface of the screen in question, be it a laptop you wished to use while on a flight or in a coffeeshop or the screen of a computer monitor behind a bank teller’s counter or on the desk of a cubicle or in an open work space. These privacy screens effective block the view of the screen when viewed from any angle but almost directly head on, and can help keep the images, text, and other data on the screen private. The problem is that they offer a clear view to anyone standing or sitting directly opposite the screen, so at any moment an unwanted onlooker can lean over or sidle up and view the screen. The other ramjet drawback to computer screen privacy film is that sometimes you want a select group of other people to be able to view your screen, but to not allow full access to the contents displayed there. For a time, the only option was to use screen privacy film and bunch everyone welcome to see the screen in a tight group or to cover up the windows, doors, and glass walls of the office, conference room, lab, or classroom where the screens in question would be used.

In short, until now, the only way to keep the contents displayed on your screens private was to make it impossible for unwanted eyes to see the screens by physically limiting the view of said surfaces. Doing that in a setting where multiple people needed to see the same screen, such as during a board meeting where a budget was being discussed or in a strategic planning session concerning new products, services, or initiatives meant blocking the view into the room where the presentation was taking place. In the modern office space, where glass walls and interior windows abound, this tends to require lowering blinds or shades, drawing curtains, or in extreme cases where no such temporary privacy measures exist, it means taping up sheets of paper over the glass walls and windows.

Ironically, measures such as these actually call more attention to and arouse more suspicion about whatever is happening within the obstructed office, conference room, or lab space. By blocking or covering the windows during your discreet presentation or meeting, you invite speculation that leads to misinformed rumor or that might even drive someone to investigate the private projects you’re working on, indirectly leading to the revelation of what should have been kept precisely secret because you tried to keep it that private.

Cloaking Window Film Keeps Screens Private

If you want to keep the content of a meeting or planning session private but you don’t need to or even want to actively avoid keeping the actual gathering secret, then using the cloaking window film developed by Designtex is the ideal solution. This breakthrough architectural window tint obscures screens without blocking the view in through glass windows or doors. It blocks the light emitted by LED and LCD screens, making monitors, larger tablets, and other screens appear blacked out and fully impervious to views by those beyond the treated glass but while still allowing a clear view of the interior of the conference space or office.

Called Casper Cloaking Technology, this advanced screen privacy window film is a leap forward in privacy window tint development. Before screen cloaking window film, one was left with the choice of entirely blocking the view of a space using curtains, permanent vision-obscuring window film, or some other vision-blocking approach, or leaving the space entirely available for view, including the data displayed on screens. Now, with Casper Cloaking Technology, a conference room, classroom, office, or lab can enjoy an open, welcoming feel by inviting a view in while still maintaining total discretion of the information and graphics displayed on any screens within glass walls, windows, or doors coated with Casper Cloaking technology films.