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Tue, Jul 5th 2005

We have a computer lab with several computers and it is open to the public. In our community we have a couple of mentally ill patrons who have asked for extra-ordinary protections while using these computers because they are fearful. Oftentimes, they would be satisfied with meaningless (to you or I) pieces of paper that constitute 'verification' to them. Our question is whether or not we should provide them with these one page documents saying the computer is not being monitored? We don't want to do anything to cause them any more harm or distress. It is morally wrong?

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