Claim: All messages sent to U.S. government employees on
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
I’ve spoken to a reliable source, how reliable you may ask? Well she’s on the committee that will be conducting a survey for the United States government on
THIS IS FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE WITH AUTHORITY.
I just found out some information today about
This information came from a reliable source, so beware. Please delete this after you read it, and also delete it from the wastebasket, and purge it from the computer.
Please pass on to your friends that you don’t want to get into trouble.
Origins: This one is completely, totally false. I mean, I called up the government myself and talked to some guy, and he told me this whole thing was nothing but a hoax!
Okay, the above isn’t much of a refutation, but let’s face it, it’s based on the same sort of ringing, authoritative-sounding claims the hoax is. If you’re tempted to believe the one, you should believe the other.
Yes, various departments could monitor incoming and outgoing
In general, unless your employer (government or non-government) believes it has a problem with you, chances are no one at your workplace is paying all that much attention to your cyber activities. It often comes down to a matter of cost: Is it worth someone else’s time to find how you’ve been spending yours? For many employers, the answer is ‘no’ and remains ‘no’ until you do something to prompt them to think they’d be wise to check into your activities.
If your manager thinks you’re unproductive of late and is wondering if you’re not spending too much time on the Internet, there’s a darned good chance your incoming and outgoing
But we’re talking about employers watching over individuals — what about this wild
In other words, you’re no more likely to be Big Brother’d in April (or on
Barbara “hold me closer, April Dancer; count the headlights on the Information Superhighway” Mikkelson
Last updated: 30 October 2007