Australian Gov't Official Fired For Googling 'Knockers' From Home With Office Laptop
from the don't-go-knocking dept
If your employer gives you a laptop, which you sometimes use from home, does that employer still have the right to look at what you’re doing while at home? Down in Australia a long-term government employee in the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism was apparently fired after the monitoring software on his laptop notified his bosses that he had done the unthinkable and Googled the word “knockers.” The monitoring software apparently takes screenshots of the computer every 30 seconds, which revealed the search. The guy fought back in court, saying that while he was using the laptop provided by the government, it was on his home connection, and he felt the intrusion was a gross violation of his privacy. The judge disagreed, saying that the guy should have known his computer was being monitored and that surfing for porn was a serious issue.