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Surf's Up—and Legal—on Company Time

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Blitzer, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. Blitzer

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    Cubicle-dwellers across the country rejoiced April 24 as an administrative law judge determined that an Education Department worker in New York City had been unfairly penalized after being axed for browsing news and travel Web sites on company time.

    "It should be observed that the Internet has become the modern equivalent of a telephone or a daily newspaper, providing a combination of communication and information that most employees use as frequently in their personal lives as for their work," wrote Judge John Spooner in a statement.

    Arguing that the same standard should be applied to Internet use as to other personal activities at work, Spooner argued that it only mattered that these idle pursuits do not affect job performance.

    But, the IT guys might disagree.

    "It was interesting to me that it was considered the same as using the telephone on the job. But what about what companies spend on additional bandwidth?" said Jim Lanzalotto, vice president of Strategy and Marketing of Yoh Services LLC, a provider of technology talent.

    A report released in July 2005 by Websense, a provider of employee Internet management solutions, said it costs those companies quite a bit...


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  2. hwyhobo

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    More and more companies invest in QoS equipment these days which allows them to regulate how much bandwidth is allocated to business-critical apps vs. recreational apps. Those that don't should at least investigate a possibility. It's an eye opener for most when they see for the first time what is really happening on their WAN.

    Here are two of the companies worth examining:

    http://www.packeteer.com/products/packetshaper/
    http://www.orbitaldata.com/products/

    Disclaimer: I work for one the companies above, so in the interest of fairness, I also listed the best competitor.