Cabinet Spokesman Cheng Wen-Tsang said that the Cabinet had never prohibited staff members from surfing the Internet at work.
“What you read in the newspapers is not true. It was a piece of twisted information” Cheng said yesterday at a news conference.
The press conference was called in response to a story published in the Chinese-language newspaper, the China Times, which reported that the Cabinet had issued an order that staff members cannot surf the Internet during office hours as the Cabinet is trying to protect classified information from being hacked.
Cheng said that staff members who deal with classified information use two computers at work, one for regular tasks and Internet access and the other for dealing with classified information.
“This is called `quarantine for confidential information,’ and this mechanism has been carried out for years. This is not something new,” Cheng said.
"We have never ordered any fellow government offices to carry out a ban on Internet access. I was sorry to see such a false news report as it has seriously damaged the government’s reputation and image," the spokesman said.
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Are DPP appointments unable to tell the truth at all? I don’t know about junior officials working for Cabinet members, but at Taiwan’s international development ministry, most program officers were not able to access the Internet at their own office cubicles.
From my recollection, this policy was implemented around June 2004. The rule did not apply to upper managment and foreigners (I was the only native-English speaker). Everyone else would have to go into a small room in the hallway when they wanted to use the Internet (only one computer in the whole room). Not very efficient at all for work purposes, and there was plenty of behind-the-scenes grumbling about the new inconveniences by the mid-level drones.
In the development ministry, these changes were enacted when a hacker was caught breaking into a program officer’s computer system in the technical cooperation department.
These policy changes were recommended by the DPP political appointments. Many long time technocrats were not happy with this setup because it makes work harder to complete having to wait in line to use a (one) computer and not being able to access the Internet from your office cubicle.
For example, I keep in regular contact with an official within the ministry on MSN Messenger. In a few instances, I have wanted to send her some pictures of my family, recent trip photos etc. She has mentioned that she is unable to view them on her own personal computer because of the rules and regulations that were enacted before I left. Therefore, I have to send her stuff through her personal email account. She can then view it from her home computer.
Mid-level officials can only access full Internet access from these Internet rooms. And let me tell you, one computer for each floor (the arrangement when I left in August 2005),was not sufficient for two full departments full of program officers and other personnel.
Cheng’s last paragraph is 100 percent bullshit!!!