A new information technology policy gives Jefferson County the right to monitor any voice and data traffic from its employees that passes through the countys computer and telephone systems.
The Board of Legislators Finance and Rules Committee approved the resolution last Tuesday. It will go before the full board for final approval next week.
The measure will be used to prevent abuse and ensure quality service, according to legislator Scott A. Gray, R-Watertown, chairman of the committee.
Decisions about monitoring will probably cross over several departments, according to Mr. Gray.
Employees are being reminded that many email records that concern county business are subject to Freedom of Information Act requests and that social networking sites are prohibited unless authorized for business purposes.