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Can porn spam be concidered Sexual Harassment to employees?

By sostermann ·
We have a relatively new employee (manager) here who has recieved two or three pornagraphic spam e-mails in her inbox.

She has sent an e-mail to upper management stating

"This is now border line harassing! Some employees would consider this
sexual harassment."

We are doing what we can with our limited resources right now. We don't host our own e-mail servers, therefore rely mostly on the ISP's to filter to most obvious spam. To make matters worse we are using Outlook Express for now and rely heavily on e-mail for customer orders -- therefore we can't risk false positives in filtering spam. It's never been much of a problem before -- just a slight nuisance.

Nobody likes to get spam - I especially dislike pornagraphics spam. My qestion is: can the company be held liable for unsolicited e-mails in an employees inbox?

What do you think?

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Good grief, just how bad are your filters?

by DC Guy In reply to Can porn spam be concider ...

We absolutely NEVER get that stuff here! We get the Nigerian finance minister who needs help transfering his country's welfare budget to an offshore bank. We get the stock tips. We even get the ads for *ahem* performance enhancement pharmaceuticals. Our filters are that lenient and err that greatly on the side of caution. But they never let through porn. Apparently it's not that difficult to detect.

What is your company doing wrong?

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Jurisdictions

by JamesRL In reply to Can porn spam be concider ...

The laws regarding this are different in every jurisdiction.

If you don't own the servers, how can you be held accountable. Does your provider allow you to define the filters?

James

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I have to wonder

by Too Old For IT In reply to Jurisdictions

How small the budget is that you can't download a copyof the Nuonce CentOS/Bluequartz implementation, round up a 40 GB HD, a PC to put it in, and a static IP address and handle your own e-mail?

(I forget just now whose spam filter is built in or mashed up with that, but I'll edit later to add that.)

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never heard of it before but worth a try, along with no-ip.com service...

by UncleRob In reply to I have to wonder

I've never heard of the combination that you mentioned in your post. It's obviously some form of linux dist. with mail server software - do you have personal experience with this, is it difficult to setup? I'm a newbie when it comes to linux but this is something I would definitely want to check out.

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by chris.tann In reply to Can porn spam be concider ...

Fire her. this is the best solution because it is: A: Easier. and B: less trouble.

C

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not so fast

by dawgit In reply to

she (& her lawer) will be soon be driving her (their) Farari to her (their) new house. At your ex-companys expence. (Fired due to non-tolorence of explicit, sexual in content, e-mails) I can see the news headlines already.

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Reminds me of when ...

by Too Old For IT In reply to not so fast

... I worked for a costume company the specialized in costumes for strippers, er, Gentlemen's Club Entertainers.

The person they hired for e-mail sales was offended that the ladies would send in their measurements, pictures, yadda. Also didn't like the collection of "You guys are great!!" autographed pictures on the owner's wall. (Owner was a female.)

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Fire her? No way.Let her grow up!

by michael_orton In reply to

Whatever you do, you either loose some genuine customers (e-mails classed as spam when they aren't)or you have to put up with v1agra, ***** enhanc1ng or p0rn p1cs in you e-mails.
Tell her to get a life and get on with her job.
Anybody who uses computers will get spam/phishing e-mails.
Also: make sure she knows enough about computing to locate the Delete Key.
She will want to continue to get e-mails from Scunthorpe and may even want to know when Mr B10w is going to finish the j0b.
spam/ph1sh1ng/p0rn/c0ntent f1lter1ng isn't that good. You still have to take a peek in the spam folder to see what shouldn't be there.
Surely, harresmant is only when someone in the office sends her unacceptable e-mails.
The ones that she gets are just aimed at all of us who use PCs (or Macs).
Its a fact of life not aimed at her!

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Not so

by Oz_Media In reply to Fire her? No way.Let her ...

It took several months, several thousand dollars and a lot of studying algorhythms and creating heuristic lists, but I have seen nearly 3000 unwanted spam a day turn into 1 or 2 questionable emails a day.

It can be done, it isnt inevitable that you will get spam. I have received less than 5 unwanted emails EVER on my other company's email account.

At the office now, I get perhaps one or two a day, down from hundreds.

To give up because your $99.00 solution or the inherent filter is useless is pathetic, speam can be beaten, it can be reduced to almost nothing.

I'll tell ou first hand, to open your email inbox and find 120 WANTED emails is a great thing, spam is a thing of the past for me.

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False +

by Jellimonsta In reply to Not so

Oz, what are you seeing for false positive rate?

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