+ 0 Votes First check local laws and company policies - then see what's Deadly Ernest Updated - 4 years ago to be done. As a general rule, where laws and policies allow, the company has the right to control what is on their computers and network, and what they're used for. So you can remove any unapproved files, like music etc. But better to send a memo out telling people to remove them before you do. Best thing is to have a good gateway and use a proxy appliance. then set it up to deny access to the unapproved sites used for the social networking and music downloads. Best not to conduct a witch hunt, but to close and shut the barn door. edit to add - if all you're doing is enforcing existing company policies, there is no ethical concerns raised at all. If no policy exists, then ethics requires you see policies are created, made known, then enforced after people have a reasonable time to comply with them. + 0 Votes haha RookieTech 4 years ago i completely agree with you Cmatthews cameras in the bathrooms never is, was, or ever will be legal if that was then you are going by some messed up and illegal terms. sorry man this would never work + 0 Votes Investigate first santeewelding 4 years ago The ethic of your own statement about what the Director "wants". Is it that? Are you competent to say what another wants? Or, was it that you were simply told of this want by the Director? And, why were you told this? Not only, mayhap, are you being invited to intrigue, you readily deceive yourself into it. In your place, all you can know, and truthfully testify to, is what you have been told to do. The rest can make of you a co-conspirator; the one who first gets thrown under the bus. + 0 Votes Investigate and report? mafergus 4 years ago All other issues aside, the admin is only being asked to investigate what is going on. Knowing that these are company assets, there isn't an ethical issue if the admin does as is asked. Unless i am not reading enough into this, this is simply a request to help determine if there is a problem or not. After the information is collected and the severity is assesed, then policies may be put in place/enforced. I do not see an ethical issue here. + 0 Votes Get consent to study traffic or switch DNS provider cmatthews 4 years ago 1) Tell HR you want to insert a transparent proxy to do a bandwidth study: Log usage by domain (not by person) in order to build some kind of a 'cost of use' case. (bypass any sites that would affect your LOB and productivity). or 2) Go third-party on your DNS service: OpenDNS gives faster DNS resolution and allows you to filter and redirect access to sites without identifying anyone. Budget this under Malware-AntiVirus costs, since OpenDNS claims not to resolve to known attacker IP addresses. (could be the Win-win your looking for..) 3) Ask HR to make an 'Internet Usage Policy' that new employee's sign at hire. (What to do with current employees, I do not know..) "...XYZ ltd. reserves the right to restrict access to Internet resources as deemed wasteful, intrusive, unlawful or conducive to unauthorized installation of software on company equipment..." 4) I have found that DNS redirects to a Google search page can be more positive than showing a block page. 5) OpneDNS has a forum where you could ask this question: http://forums.opendns.com/ BTW, I use this with several companies. + 0 Votes Everyone else is wrong JackOfAllTech 4 years ago Company policy, company hardware, company software, company electricity, etc., etc.. You can do anything you are told to do on the network. In fact, as long as they post a sign telling you about it, they can legally put cameras in the restrooms.