澳门金沙网上平台开户:Cookies in court

 作者:熊膂榘     |      日期:2019-02-26 12:19:08
By Kurt Kleiner Washington DC PUBLIC employees in Tennessee are being taken to court in an attempt to force them into revealing the Internet sites they visit during working hours. A newspaper publisher has filed a lawsuit—believed to be the first of its type—claiming that taxpayers should have access to computer files that record the Net surfing habits of public servants. The suit, brought by Geoffrey Davidian, publisher of The Putnam Pit in Putnam County, will be heard next month. He claims that “cookie” and “cache” files held on computers in the city offices of Cookesville should be classed as public records under Tennessee law. Davidian says he wants to see if public employees are looking at “pornography sites or ones advocating white supremacy or Satanism”. Cookie files contain records placed there by some Web sites. They are used by the sites involved to tell whether a surfer has visited before. An Internet browser program’s cache stores recently accessed pages, allowing a surfer to switch back to a page without having to download it again. Cookesville city officials first refused to let Davidian inspect the files, then later informed him that they had a policy of rejecting cookies from Web sites and of purging cache files every day. Michael O’Mara, Cookesville’s city attorney, claims the files should not be made public. As temporary records, he argues,