Public servant sacked for googling ‘knockers’ at home

How much privacy does an employee have when using a work laptop at home?

Not much, it seems, after a senior public servant was sacked after googling the word knockers and looking at legal pornography. That was despite the access being out of work hours and the public servant using his own internet service provider.

The public servant, from the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, was sacked after a software program, called Spector360, was set up by the department to catch any use of the word knockers.

The program, which takes a snapshot of a user’s desktop every 30 seconds, was then used to unearth the internet history of the man with a 25-year career with the public service. It uncovered his usage despite him having deleted his browser history — via

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