Library privacy concern

Darius Wells Library. Picture: Robin Kornet d409781
Darius Wells Library. Picture: Robin Kornet d409781

The city’s IT department made the decision to shut down the computers until the matter was resolved.

Jo Thomas from Kwinana told the Courier her USB device had attracted corrupt files including files saved as ‘porn’ and ‘sexy’.

‘With the previous system they had in the old library, when a session ended all documents were automatically cleared from the desktop, but with the new system, this does not happen,’ she said.

‘Purely by accident, when I was trying to save a document to my USB drive, I came across this problem.

‘On the desktop were numerous documents left behind by people who had used the computer prior to my session and many appeared to be highly personal documents and letters.’

But Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said all the library’s computers were protected via a strict firewall, which blocks inappropriate content.

Cr Adams said every computer had since been scanned for viruses.

‘Thankfully the city’s IT team have now been able to secure the computers from viruses; however complexities still remain in respect to personal documents being left on computers after a session is completed,’ she said.