There's Porn on His PC. What Should We Do Now?

There's Porn on His PC. What Should We Do Now?

Who hasn’t made an unwittingly inappropriate search on Google on a company’s computer? But there’s a difference between an accidental search term and employees purposefully accessing pornography in the workplace. And Jason Shinn on his blog explains how and why companies must investigate the latter incident appropriately.

In both the company’s employment policy manual and in a separate technology agreement, the use of pornography on the company’s resources should be expressly prohibited, Shinn says. The texts should also explain that violations of the agreements may result in discipline.

  • If pornography is discovered, “upper management and the company’s attorney need to become involved at the outset,” says Shinn. It’s imperative to get legal in on the issue and start the investigation immediately.
  • Don’t let IT tamper with the computer at issue. Instead, a good idea is to take it out of commission. Rebuilding, rebooting or continued use could alter evidence and even result in legal liability for the company.
  • If any of the pornography involves children, law enforcement should be notified immediately and cooperated with fully.
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