Environment Canada cracks down on viewing ‘provocative attire’ websites


OTTAWA — Environment Canada workers thinking about visiting Maxim magazine online should probably think twice — because being caught going to such “provocative attire (see below picture)” sites three times could land them in trouble.

New, strict web usage policies, approved by senior department officials over the summer, coincided with a tightening of security access regulations for outside scientists wanting to log on to the department’s network. It also came as Environment Canada tightened rules about how employees travelling overseas could connect to the Internet and network back home — all in the hopes of closing loopholes in its IT security strategy.

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