I'm employed as a software developer. In my country the employer is not allowed to monitor your activities due to privacy laws. However, due to the nature of some of our clients, our company is allowed to do this due to security reasons. It's specifically stated in my contract that the company can monitor our network activity for security reasons. I accepted this when I applied for the job as I can see why this could be important.
However, my manager has a lot of trouble managing the employees and tends to cause more problems. Our boss seems to like him so there's not much we can do about that. This makes addressing this problem to a position above my manager less likely to have an impact.
My manager often does not know what to do so he tries to make sure we're always working hard on our jobs. This in itself is not a problem. But the methods he uses are unethical. He uses software to forcefully take over our computers from a distance and browses through what we're doing, what browser tabs we have open etc.
While the contract says the employer is allowed to breach a certain degree of privacy due to security reasons, I feel like he's abusing this to an extreme extent and for the wrong reasons.
How can I prevent my manager from abusing this exception in the work environment?