Worker Accused of Illegally Downloading Employee Data Shows Need for Unauthorized Browsing Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Chicago Public Schools (CPS) worker was fired from her job and charged with computer tampering and four felony counts of identity theft for illegally downloading personal data of CPS employees without permission, The Chicago Tribune reports. This incident shows the need for an “Unauthorized Browsing” policy.

Ex-School Official Fined for Running Unauthorized Background Checks on Athletes, Celebrities, and Politicians

A story from Massachusetts concerning a former school official agreeing to pay a fine for using school computers to run unauthorized background checks on celebrities, pro athletes, and politicians underscores the need for employers to have policies prohibiting workers from searching files and databases without a bona fide business necessity. According to reports on,…