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Letters in Response to to Bob Evans Column: Right Is Right, So Let's Make It Unequivocal

Getting The Word Out
Thanks for the coverage on this. It's the first I heard of it. I'm not surprised, though, as college professors, especially law school profs, get off easy. It's amusing how the collectivists protect their own kind.

Gary Fallon
Phoenix


Spurred To Action
Nice job on the article regarding Edward Samuels; we'll definitely check into our own policies.

Chris Davis
Security Administrator
Texas Instruments
Dallas


Take A Stand
I applaud your exposure of such a hideous creature, and shame on Collegis for firing two righteous employees. Your point is well taken: Every socially responsible company should take a strong position on such filth and make clear the consequences of violating their standards.

Don E. Bresett
President and CEO
Pilot Power Systems
Valrico, Fla.


A Question Of Ethics
Technicians' looking into the files on a customer's computer is an ethical issue that ought to be discussed. The individual whose computer was invaded was a lawyer. Who knows what confidential materials may have been stored in his files. If as a society we continue to encourage or require technicians to look into the files of computers entrusted to them, lawyers, doctors, and others who keep confidential information about other people on their computers will be confronted with an ethical dilemma when they experience technical problems. Can they place confidential information at risk by exposing it to the prying eyes of repair personnel? As things stand now, it may be unethical for a lawyer or a doctor to turn over a computer to a technician.

I doubt that there was any technical need for the repair people in this example to open any of the images stored on the computer. I think it was unethical for them to do so. I think you should strongly discourage repair personnel from looking into any files in a computer entrusted to them for repair. There should always be the expectation that information stored on a computer turned over for repair will be held sacrosanct.

David Gentry
Northrop Grumman IT
Information Technologist
St. Louis


Stiff Punishment
I completely agree with you and the two IT contract workers. Collegis had better settle quickly or it will be out 15 million bucks.

As a follow-up, I haven't seen anything on this recently, but I remember seeing an article that the state Legislature in South Carolina was debating a bill that would make IT workers criminally liable if they didn't report child pornography on someone's PC! It sounds as though a federal law backed up by the Supreme Court to settle this once and for all is in order.

When it comes to protecting children, I believe the stiffer the punishment, the better.

Great job.

Mark Wysolmierski
Team Lead
Avnet Shared Business Services
Phoenix

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