From an email I just sent firm-wide:
In addition to our firm’s internet use policy, there’s something you should know: web sites have increasingly robust capability to track your visits.
Specifically, if you browse a web site from here at work, the web site operator can (1) tell that someone from the [lawfirm].com domain visited their site, (2) tell how long you spent there, (3) tell what pages you viewed there, (4) tell what link you used to get there, and (5) tell where you went from there. (That’s in addition to more mundane information they can gather about your city and the operating system and browser you are using).
Therefore, in addition to our existing internet use policy, keep a few things in mind:
1. Even if you use an alias, if you surf at work any comments you leave on a blog or forum or web site can be traced to this firm.
2. If you visit a site that is commenting upon one of our cases – or even upon the firm – the site operator can see that you have visited and read, and may comment upon it.
3. If you visit the web site of opposing counsel, or of an adverse party, you should assume that they will know.
Please exercise good judgment accordingly.
Postscript: I'm hearing people say three things in response: (1) "We have an internet policy?" (2) "Is it wrong that I'm reading TMZ?" and (3) "Wait, what if I surf from home? Can they see my name?"
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