Vermont lawmakers consider restricting state from monitoring public workers’ Internet usageBy AP
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Vt. eyes restricting monitoring of Internet use
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont lawmakers are debating restrictions on how far the executive branch can go in monitoring the Internet usage of state employees.
Sen. Vincent Illuzzi, who also works as a state’s attorney in Essex County, says it’s an insult to state employees to assume they aren’t behaving appropriately on the job.
Human Resources Commissioner Caroline Earle counters that employees are told ahead of time they’re being watched. She says monitoring employee Internet use has been the norm in some state agencies for years, and that the intent now is to spread it throughout government.
She says taxpayers have an interest in seeing that state workers use their time in the most efficient and effective manner.
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