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Exploitation of company Internet and email was the single most widespread cause for punitive action within the State of Washington The expenditure of exhausted hours and resources not to mention the possibility for employees online behavior to harm the companys character in the wider aspect is encouraging many employers to accelerate the close watch of their staff Not only has it become legal for employers to spy on their employees but also it should be morally acceptable as long as the employer informs the staff of the monitoring system in place Employers have to step cautiously through the legal minefield of surveillance however the dangers associated with doing nothing are even worse The most understandable effect of email and Internet abuse are the hours of misplaced productivity Writing personal emails to friends on company time even where the subject is perfectly innocent can take hours out of the working week In corporations with high-speed broadband Internet connections employees might be able to download music or even movies and video clips Not only does this elevate the substantial risk of a company unintentionally accumulating copyrighted media on its network it also takes a massive amount of bandwidth from legitimate Internet activity Nevertheless copyrighted media is not the only potentially criminal substance that can loiter on commercial servers Offensive matter such as porn and sexist or racist messages can exist on a staffs computer long after the porn has been viewed or the messages sent If this content is accidentally or not dispersed among many employees there is a risk that one or more of the addressees will be personally insulted As employers are under a responsibility to present a safe and sound working environment together with shielding people from bullying racial and sexual harassment businesses have to take every likely provision to avert this The stakes can be even higher when a companys Internet abuse problems begin to extend beyond the internal network Any email
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