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N.J. appellate court finds employer may be liable for employee use of Internet porn in Dec., 2005 decision
ContentProtect gives companies a solution for as little as $40 per node, per year
SALT LAKE CITY - Jan. 23, 2006 - On December 28, 2005, a New Jersey appellate court held that an employer may be held financially liable for an employee's use of Internet pornography. Increasingly, unwanted Internet content is not only a business productivity problem, but a potential legal liability as well.
In the New Jersey case, the decision by the appellate court has overturned a lower-court ruling in favor of the employer.
The Appellate Division panel stated: "We hold that an employer who is on notice that one of its employees is using a workplace computer to access pornography, possibly child pornography, has a duty to investigate the employee's activities and take prompt and effective action to stop the unauthorized activity. No privacy interest of the employee stands in the way of this duty on the part of the employer."
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In addition to liability issues, sources estimate the salary costs for non-work activities to be as high as $759 billion per year. A recent IDC study reported that, as much as 40% of Internet use in the workplace is not related to business. Unfortunately, the workplace has become a more common venue for Internet pornography, with a reported half of Fortune 500 companies having dealt with at least one incident in the past 12 months.
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ContentWatch, Inc. delivers Internet protection solutions for the home, library, education, government and SMB markets. ContentWatch's mission is to be the world leader in thought and technology by creating Internet protection tools and services that provide homes and businesses with a safer, more productive Internet experience. Based in Salt Lake City, ContentWatch has customers in all 50 states and more than 100 countries and was recently selected by The Walt Disney Company as the official filtering software for its Disney Dream Desk PC for kids. For more information on ContentWatch products, visit http://www.contentwatch.com/.
Snapp Norris Group