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14 -The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 7, 1996

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Employer%
concerned
with racy
'Net use
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - No one
would dream of sending one of those
raunchy "I never thought I'd be writing
this ..." letters to Penthouse on the
company letterhead. Nor would many
employees take out a subscription to
Hustler and have it delivered to the
office.
That's pretty close to what some
employees are doing on their compi
ers at work these days. Using thW
corporate e-mail addresses, they're
sending letters to sexually explicit
bulletin boards or downloading mate-
rial such as the "Hottest Babes of
Amsterdam."
Employers are getting wise to the
situation, and in some cases are warn-
ing their staffs to knock it off.
In its extremely detailed eight-page
memo "Acceptable Internet Usa
Policy," Texaco Inc. tells employ
straight out that they're being watched
via the computer activity logs and that
no funny business will be tolerated.
Texaco expressly bars employees
from downloading offensive material
from the Internet. Violators can be fired.
"The user should consider their
Internet activity as public information
and limit their activity accordingly,"
the memo reads.
Louis Maltby of the ACLU's WO
place Privacy Taskforce said: "It'ste
company's computer, and they have the
right to tell you what you can do with it
- and they certainly have the right to
tell you you can only use it for work."
"When you walk into the work-
place; you check your privacy at the
door," said Beth Givens, director of
the University of San Diego Center
for Public Interest Law. "In numerous
court cases, employers have retain*
the right to monitor the work product
of their employees - and that in-
cluded electronic mail, voice mail,
telephone conversations and keystroke
monitoring."
Not all employers are as concerned as
Texaco. At the Boeing Co. in Seattle,
where about 10 percent of employees
have Internet access, Lee Lathrop,
Boeing's Web-master, said: "Our expe-
rience has been that when people fi@
get on, they do spend a lot of time
looking around and learning to use it.
After about 30 days, it falls off and
they're very responsible."
An acceptable-use policy is being
written, however, and Boeing is consid-
ering some type of filtering program to
bar access to certain key words.
"There's nobusiness reason why any-
body might be looking at sex pages at
work," Lathrop said.
Man returns
home after
transplant
MIAMI (AP) - By all right
Leonardo Cioce should be dead. But
there he was yesterday, smiling away
and eager to go home, after surviving

the transplant of six organs, virtually
his entire abdominal cavity.
Cioce was seriously ill last yearwhen
he was brought to Jackson Memorial
Hospital from Italy. Tumors, some the
size of grapefruits, had ravaged most of
his vital organs. He was bleedingi
side. Infections were eating him aliv
But surgeons transplanted six new
organs, into the 29-year-old industrial
equipment designer from Bari, Italy,
virtually cleaning out his abdominal
cavity during the 36-hour operation last
July 15.
His kidney, pancreas, stomach, large
intestine, small intestine and liver were
removed and replaced with the insides
of a brain-dead donor.
Other of Cioce's innards hadb
removed previously. The operation in
July left him with just one of his own-
his bladder.
"It is still difficult for me to realize I
have so many different parts of some-
one else's body," Cioce said yesterday
as surgeons and nurses gave him a go-
ing-home party.
Cioce leaves Miami for Italy next
Saturday. He has been living in an ap
ment near the hospital for nine mont1s
while doctors gave him medication to
keep his immune system from rejecting
the new organs.
Cioce had Gardner's Syndrome, a
congenital disease in which tumors
slowly, invaded and strangled his or-

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