Pestminster: Nadine Dorries says MPs’ computers are full of porn

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In response to the recent scandal about Damian Green MP – the deputy to Prime Minister Theresa May – having porn on his work computer, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries tweeted yesterday that “I’m sure if the computers of all MPs – including Labour ones, were investigated there would be a record of porn being accessed. There would, in all cases, be zero proof of who it was who accessed it.”

This raises a number of concerns – if an employee of any organisation other than the government had porn on their work computer, it would be a disciplinary offence, very likely leading to dismissal, even if they had downloaded or watched it during a break. Certainly, all the companies in which I have worked have mentioned in the employment contract or the employee handbook that using the company’s internet or computers to access any kind of pornography is a serious breach of the rules. So why is there a different rule for MPs and their staff? This point was re-iterated by independent councillor Paul V Greenall in a reply to Nadine Dorries’ original tweet:

MPs and their staff are paid for by taxpayers and should be expected to remain fully focused on their work.

Another concern is to do with security – if, as Nadine Dorries says, there would be zero proof of who accessed the porn, this suggests that MPs and their employees are sharing their computer logins and passwords, which is worrying as these computers likely contain sensitive files. In any organisation I have worked in, it has been made clear that you will be personally be held liable for any misconduct that takes place under your login.  If staff share their logins, there is no audit trail showing who has done what.

Nadine Dorries is effectively saying that MPs all ignore security procedures on the taxpayers’ pound and misuse is rampant. If what she claims is true, surely the police need to look into this across the whole of Parliament – not just the misuse but also possible breaches as security is so poor.

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