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Do and Don’t of Monitoring Staff Email & Internet Activity

Thursday, December 17, 2009 No Comments

Do and Don’t of Monitoring Staff Email & Internet Activity
The Silicon.com article by Natasha Lomas presents a good over-view of how to tackle the imperative employee internet use policy in your office.

Monitoring staff email and internet: The dos and don'ts
By Natasha Lomas, Silicon.com
Every office generates so much email, IM and internet traffic it's all but impossible for management to keep track of exactly what's being said, seen and done online.
But how can execs be confident that all these digital conversations are necessary and not just time-wasting? Or worse: the cover for data leaks, inappropriate content-sharing or other nefarious or even criminal activities. Read more ›

Companies have legal right to review workers' Internet use

Thursday, December 17, 2009 No Comments

Companies have legal right to review workers' Internet use

Employers need to understand that they have both a legal right and duty to momnitor hwo their employees use their company PCs. But they have to be smart and responsible about how they go about it…

Companies have legal right to review workers' Internet use
By Eric Eyre, Staff writer Charleston Gazette

Most employees believe their boss doesn't have the right to regulate and view their e-mail and Internet use at work. But businesses have the legal right -- and a duty -- to do so, according to lawyers from the Charleston firm of Spilman Thomas & Battle.

"It can cause so many workplace disruptions," said Eric Iskra, who spoke Tuesday at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual Human Resources Summit in Charleston. "You need to manage it aggressively, but you also have to be aware of the pitfalls."

Employers must first establish policies that address e-mail, Web browsing and the use of social networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, Iskra said. Read more ›

Cyber Monday Growing Stronger Every Year

Thursday, December 17, 2009 No Comments

Cyber Monday Growing Stronger Every Year

Cyber Monday, the online equivalent of Black Friday, is forcing employers to re-examine the acceptable internet use policies, as employees can now do all of their holiday shopping without leaving the office, on company time!

CyberMonday changing workplace
By James Pilcher, Cincinnati Enquirer

Cyber Monday, the online equivalent of Black Friday, raises workplace questions as employees use their business computers to do personal holiday shopping.

According to a survey by the Information Systems and Audit Control Association, a non-profit group of IT professionals based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., nearly two-thirds of workers of all ages plan to do some online shopping during November and December. While the average time spent shopping is 14.4 hours, 10 percent of respondents said they will spend more than 30 hours shopping online at work. Read more ›

Supreme Court to Decide Privacy of Texting

Thursday, December 17, 2009 No Comments

Supreme Court to Decide Privacy of Texting

This spring, the US Supreme court will hear a very interesting case involving a fired government worker (police officer), personal sexually-oriented text messages, and a government-owned/employee-issued cell phone. This outcome of this case is going to affect employers.

Supreme Court will decide whether employees' text messages are private
By Robert Barnes, Washington Post Staff Writer

A recent survey is the latest reminder that companies are struggling to balance the benefits and risks of letting workers roam online realms such as Facebook and Twitter. Half of companies have not set out a specific policy for workers’ online social networking activities, according to the report from two professional groups, the Health Care Compliance Association and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

The case the court accepted Monday involves public employees, but a broadly written decision could hold a blueprint for private-workplace rules in a world in which communication via computers, e-mail and text messages plays a very large role.

A federal appeals court in California decided that a police officer in the city of Ontario had a right to privacy regarding the texts he sent on his department-issued pager, even though his chief discovered that some of them were sexually explicit messages to his girlfriend. That court said the chief's decision to read the messages without a suspicion of wrongdoing on the part of the officer violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches. Read more ›

Social Media, E-Mail Remain Challenging for Employers

Thursday, December 17, 2009 No Comments

Social Media and E-Mail Remain a Challenge for Employers

A recent survey of nearly 800 compliance and ethics professionals shows that roughly half of the companies don’t have a social networking policy in place, but one-quarter of them have had to discipline an employee for activities on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Social Media, E-Mail Remain Challenging for Employers
Workforce.com - By Ed Frauenheim

A recent survey is the latest reminder that companies are struggling to balance the benefits and risks of letting workers roam online realms such as Facebook and Twitter. Half of companies have not set out a specific policy for workers’ online social networking activities, according to the report from two professional groups, the Health Care Compliance Association and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Read more ›