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Imagine this increasingly common scenario: an employee innocently searching for a business file on the company server accidentally stumbles across a cache of illicit digital photographs that contains pornographic images of children. Should the company report the find to the authorities, and likely initiate a state or federal investigation?

Whether the client is a multinational pharmaceutical corporation, a local construction business, or a church, if it is an organization whose employees use computers it could find itself facing this question. Statistics show that approximately 70 percent of all Web traffic to Internet pornography Web sites occurs during the regular working hours of 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.1 Some studies estimate that as much as 20 percent of Internet pornography depicts the sexual exploitation of children.2 Moreover, consumers of child pornography might be inclined to use their workplace computers because they believe that illegal downloads are less likely to be traced to them if they view the material via the perceived anonymity of a company computer.

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