The mission of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to maintain a fair, orderly, and efficient market economy in the U.S. . . . that is, of course, when some of their senior employees aren’t busy looking at porn.
An internal investigation of the SEC found 31 serious offenders over the past two and a half years, 17 of which were senior officers with 6-figure salaries.
This probably shouldn’t surprise us. According to Computerworld, half of Fortune 500 companies have dealt with at least one incident of computer porn use over a 12 month period (Vol.11, Issue 17). It is estimated that 20% of visitors to porn websites are accessing from work (according to comScore Media Metrix). You can read more statistics like these in Michael Leahy’s book, Porn @ Work: Exposes the Office’s #1 Addiction.
What makes the SEC story interesting is that most of these cases began in 2008, around the time the financial engines of the U.S. economy started to fail. Imagine what might have been different: what if the watchdogs of the economy had been spending more time at their posts and less time downloading thousands of nude pictures? Representative Darrell Issa said it was “disturbing that high-ranking officials within the SEC were spending more time looking at porn than taking action to help stave off the events that put our nation’s economy on the brink of collapse.”