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Vermont Senate Passes Amendment Barring Employee Monitoring Software

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 30, 2010

The topic of employee privacy is commanding attention from the Supreme Court to the Green Mountains. The State of Vermont has embarked on an initiative to deter state employees from inappropriate Web surfing on state equipment, outfitting state agencies with software to monitor employees' Web usage, the Associated Press reports. The effort prompted a state senator to introduce a budget bill amendment that would bar agency managers from using such software, the report states. The bill passed the Senate unanimously in voice vote and now moves to the House. However, experts say that such monitoring is common and "the key thing is that employees have informed consent."
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