Internet usage monitoring becomes the norm in Brazil

Most organizations in the country monitor or block access to content during working hours

Monitoring staff Internet usage has become a common practice in Brazilian organizations, according to a study by the Brazilian Steering Committee.

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The likelihood that a Brazilian company may be monitoring Internet browsing history of its employees increases according to its size.

According to they report, 38 percent of companies with up to 49 staff do so, with the percentage going up to 58 percent at firms employing 50-249 people and 73 percent at organizations with more than 250 staff.

Some 43 percent of the companies surveyed also prevent staff from accessing certain types of online content.

When it comes to blocked content, social networks top the list: such websites are blocked by 81 percent of large companies, while 48 percent of organizations employing less than 50 people also deny access to the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

At these organizations, websites with pornographic content top the list of unauthorized URLs (73 percent of employers block such sites) followed by games (65 percent), file downloads (49 percent), entertainment portals, news or sports websites (43 percent), personal email (37 percent) and communication services such as instant messaging (36 percent).