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Facebook off limits for county employees

Published: 20 Apr 2009 08:14 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Apr 2009 08:14 GMT+02:00

The Jämtland County Council in western Sweden has decided to ban its employees from using office computers to visit the Facebook social networking website.

The ban has been implemented as a security measure to prevent the county’s computers from becoming infected with worms or Trojan horse computer viruses.

“Security must come first in order to avoid any serious incidents,” said council member Marianne Larm Svensson, a member of the opposition Centre Party, to the local Länstidningen newspaper in Östersund.

She uses Facebook daily to keep stay connected to colleagues, fellow politicians, and ordinary citizens.

In order to continue doing so, Larm Svensson said that in the future she will update her Facebook status using mobile phone text messages.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:13 April 20, 2009 by hilt_m
what a load of crap, the real reason is to stop employees messing about on facebook when they should be doing work. If they really wanted to stop computers from becoming infected they would limit all internet traffic with maybe only restricted e-mail use. Just another attempt to control what you can and can't do.
06:42 April 21, 2009 by Michele
Yes... the evil employer restricting the ways people can goof off at work! How DARE they expect people to WORK when they are getting PAID to work!! Rotten buggers!!! ;)

I think it is smart and well done. There are a lot more sites that are purely recreational that should be banned from most jobs. Most especially any governmental jobs where the peoples taxes pay the salary. I know I object to paying someone to do a job while they, instead, surf or visit online. Home is for play, work at work.
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