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More than 15 per cent of Americans spend their time surfing the Net from the workplace.

The number of employees accessing the Internet at the office grew to 42 million in June, up 23 per cent on the previous year, according to a survey by Nielsen/NetRatings.

Last month US workers each logged onto the Net an average of 43 times - up from 39 sessions the previous year.

Meanwhile, the average cyber-equipped employee visited 35 Web sites during the month, compared to 28 the previous year, and spent 22.5 hours online - two hours longer than in June 2000.

A separate survey last week estimated that the online activities of 27 million office workers worldwide were under constant surveillance from their bosses. This figure, from the Denver-based Privacy Foundation, included around 14 million employees in the US. ®

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