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Can Churches Inspect Employees' Computers?

Church computers can be a great blessing. Just ask any church employee who was hired before the church purchased its first computer. But, as with many blessings, computers also can be a curse when used for inappropriate purposes. Consider the following examples.

Example. A church board adopts a motion requiring the covert inspection of every church-owned computer to check for inappropriate use. Two board members come to the church one evening, when no staff members are present, and begin inspecting each computer. On the computer of one of the pastors they discover several bookmarks to pornographic websites.
• Example. A mother accuses a church's youth pastor of an inappropriate relationship with her teenage daughter. When the youth pastor is out of the office, the senior pastor accesses his church-provided computer and inspects his email account. He discovers several ...

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  • July 1, 2008

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