Forensic Tools Mean No More Porno At Work

10 November 2008

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/4992/parabenscreenshot500937tc4.jpgIf someone you know is downloading porn at work, you better hurry and enjoy your last glorious days, because the ‘show’ may be over soon.

Utah-based forensic-software maker Paraben recently introduced a new software designed to detect and analyze potentially pornographic images on workplace networks and computers.

CEO Amber Schroeder says that while the program cannot distinguish between child and adult pornography, it is extremely effective at identifying potentially explicit images, both online and offline. The system will also help companies develop evidence for internal or criminal investigations, if and when necessary. 

(In other words, there are no practical applications.)

But CNET disagrees, stating that pornography in the workplace is not only inappropriate, but it can reduce efficiency.  It may “create a hostile work environment, and create potential liability for sexual harassment claims”. 

I’m sure plenty of CEOs will be more than glad to fork out US$17,000 (£11,000) to install the tool.  It will help them monitor workplace productivity.  Except on their own PC.

[CNET News]

3 comments

  • Ted N.
    re: "(In other words, there are no practical applications.)" what about if a search engine offered that in it's filtering preferences? that would make the internet a bit safer for kids, no? if the software could detect from the contents of the file whether or not it was porn?
  • Ted N.
    or hey, even better... browsers can include it as an option.
  • Vince W.
    i think pitching it to a browser is definitely a good idea!

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