BTsacks 200 staff for looking at online porn

BT has sacked 200 staff for looking at porn on their work PCs in the past 18 months. Ten employees have also been reported to the...

BT has sacked 200 staff for looking at porn on their work PCs in the past 18 months. Ten employees have also been reported to the police and at least one has received a prison sentence.

A BT spokesman said the company had twice sent staff e-mails warning them that they faced the sack if caught looking at porn on their work PCs. "We took this decision for the good of BT and since we have taken this action the problem has reduced dramatically," he said.

Analyst Graham Titterington of Ovum stressed that companies need to be sure that such incidents are not accidental. "It is a matter of being reasonable, although ultimately these are corporate resources and this is being done in work time," he said. "There is also a danger of downloading a virus when browsing on these kind of sites. This won't be the last such case we hear of."

Last year car giant Ford gave its 20,000 UK staff two weeks to remove "offensive" material from their PCs or risk disciplinary action.

Legal experts have warned of the risks of infringing employees' rights and monitoring staff e-mail activity without telling them.

The company spokesman said that in BT's case the investigations were triggered by users typing in "targeted words" on their PCs.

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