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  1. My circumstances are that Display Link Manager is needed, as Klas said, for my Dell dock to enable my external monitors via the USC-C connector if I have the name right. If I turn off the permission in preferences>privacy it turns off the signal to the monitors. So I infer that “observe” means “has full access to the video signal” (so that the monitors can work). What a classic user-hostile behavior, in the name of full transparency, we get a threatening and genuinely scary behavior (not just a message)… and the message provides no direct trace-back to the offending software or its manufacturer.

  2. Thanks for compiling the advice above. I had this problem – suddenly got the message saying that my screen was observed (in Swedish: “Skärmen övervakas”). Following the tips above did not solve the problem though. After many hours of trying to figure out why, the problem turned out to be the DisplayLink software mentioned in your fourth scenario. But deselecting the app or even deleting it from the list of apps allowed to record the contents of the screen in the System preferences was not enough – I still kept getting the warning message.

    Solution: I uninstalled the DisplayLink software entirely and got rid of the warning message. I can still use several displays via HDMI (and probably via DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort, DVI). I believe DisplayLink is only needed for connecting displays via USB.

  3. I teach remotely from WV at Bristol CC in MA. At least 5 times within the last 2 months, I have had a similar issue. Using Chrome – ZOOM – screen sharing PADLET -sharing videos, I have received this message: Your screen is being observed. Underneath this message, there is a password box. I do not enter my password. There is a box with X for cancel. Nothing happens when I click on cancel. No keys work. I cannot turn off the computer using the power button. I have to unplug from power strip. Wait. Restart. This happens from 10:30 to 11:00 consistently when I am teaching. I do not recall the specific dates except for June 1, yesterday. This happened at 10:44 and 11:44 a.m. I have communicated with BCC IT, and my husband who is a computer software engineer has been searching for a solution.

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