State to monitor employees’ Internet usage

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Vermont state government is planning to monitor the Internet usage of its 8,000 workers.

The state already is using SurfControl software to check the Web browsing habits of employees at the Agency of Transportation and Department of Buildings and General Services. Soon it will be using the software government-wide.

Officials say the aim is not only to make sure workers don’t waste too much time on the job, but to guard the state’s networks against computer viruses.

The executive director of the union representing state workers says the Vermont State Employees’ Association hasn’t objected. But the VSEA’s Annie Noonan says she doesn’t want to see the monitoring become a new method of harassment and intimidation of workers.

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