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Wireless Internet access devices appear to be giving the porn-at-work phenomenon a boost even as employers are more aggressive about using blocking software. About 65% of U.S. companies used such software in ’05, finds an American Management Association survey, up from 40% in ’01. When it comes to portable devices, employers can use blocking software if they have provided the equipment to workers. However, there is little they can do if employees have their own BlackBerrys or other devices. Some employers have begun restricting the use of employee-owned laptops or cellphones during work time. A growing number of lawsuits have been filed by workers who say they’ve felt harassed by others’ viewing of porn on the job. And a few lawsuits have been filed by workers who believe they were disciplined unfairly for visiting porn sites on company time. About 1 in 4 U.S. companies has fired an employee for misusing the Internet. (USA Today 10/18/07)

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