TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

July 6, 2010 -

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is apparently blocking certain websites from the federal agency's computers, including Internet sites that contain a "controversial opinion," according to an internal email obtained by CBS News.

The email, which was sent to all TSA employees from the Office of Information Technology on Friday afternoon, said that as of July 1 TSA employees would not be allowed to access websites that have been deemed "inappropriate for government access" in five different categories. These categories include chat or messaging, "controversial opinion," criminal activity, extreme violence (which apparently includes cartoon violence) and gaming.

The email doesn't apparently define what a lot of this content is in particular and it most certainly doesn't mention web sites by name, though I would imagine sites with strong opinions about the government are on that list. The email did say that some of the restricted web sites violate the "Employee Responsibilities and Conduct policy."

Source: CBS News

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Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

This is news?  Corporate America has been doing this for over a decade.  About time government kept up.  The internets can be very distra...

...sorry my boss just came by, gotta go!

Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

Well I don't mind they do this.  People who work sometime get a little lazy by going to website at time when they are supposed to be doing work not having playtime on your job.

 

 

Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

For some reason, I don't feel sorry for them. Maybe it's because now, instead of spending time surfing the Internet at work, they might actually have to do the damn jobs my taxes pay for. I actually have to work to get that money, so I don't feel too sorry for someone losing his forum access at work.

Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

I staunchly support the rights for people to use their own bandwidth as they wish (part of why I'm so against the Australian gov's net filter program) but when someone else is not only paying you to work but paying for the bandwidth, you follow their rules.

I don't disagree that the rules seem draconian but the staff really do have complete freedom here.  They can choose to work for another organisation that will let them browse to wherever (or, ya know, buy a smartphone... = )

I would have thought that with all the threats being fretted about (little old ladies carrying large bottles of hand cream and all that) that the TSA wouldn't have enough time to scratch themselves let alone sit around browsing the web... ; )

Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

Freedom dies a little more...

Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

What is this nonsense? This has nothing to do with freedom. These people can still access whatever websites they want from their own computers on their own time. What this is about is stopping employees from wasting time and taxpayer money fooling around online when they're supposed to be doing their jobs. There's no right to be on your favorite Internet forum when you're supposed to be working.

Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

I'm sorry.  I didn't realize the Constitution protected the rights of government employees to do things WHILE AT WORK that have absolutely nothing to do with their jobs.

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Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

Personally? They're at a government job and they don't need to be doing that kind of stuff at work.

 

unless its a really slow day :P

 

seriously though they shouldn't be needing to do that stuff while at work.

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Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

I wonder what website are under then controversial option. Also why does the article give me the impression that they aren't banning pron sites from TSA computers.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

I'm sure porn is covered under their "Employee Responsibilities and Conduct policy."

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Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

I'd like to see a list of some of those 'controversial opinion' websites, if only to determine if the list is a blanket, stifling both sides of the political spectrum, or if it's following someone's agenda - liberal or conservative.  If either, it better be the former.

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Re: TSA Blocks Employee Access to 'Controversial Web Sites'

I'm sure that websites teaching efficient methods of goose-stepping are not on the banned list.  What's interesting is that gaming and "controversial opinion" are listed, but not porn?  I guess we all know what they're REALLY looking at on that "x-ray monitor"!

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