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The Rumour Mill- Is it Proper for an Elected Official to Use Govt Computers To Look at Porn?

28 May 2010 at 5:15:48 PM

Even if a law has not been broken, surely that is not an appropriate use of taxpayer-funded equipment.

Without being more specific, I"m reminded of an article I read recently about a legislator in Florida who had a video taken of him looking at porn while he was on the State floor. This man didn't like it that he was caught at it.  Here's another example of a county coroner in Pennsylvania who, when his computer was having problems, was found to have porn on the hard drive.

At one point in the past, we asked whether there were computer use rules re: ethical conduct.  The reason we asked at that time, with regard to county officials, was not porn, but due to Mike Ford, a county commissioner, using county equipment to solicit money for private entities. (Let me be clear I am NOT saying that Mike Ford had porn on his computer). We had asked at the time if there was any type of manual for appropriate use, etc, and were told there was none. Not that there wasn't one for employees, but that elected officials didn't fall into the employee category.  IF THIS IS CORRECT, seems like there should be a policy manual that also applies to elected officials with regard to computer use, including how emails should be treated and retained. and some basics about ethical conduct. (By the way, that manual could also include that any trips paid for by companies should be listed in reports, even if no money was expended by the elected official).


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