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Internet and Social Networking Bring Complications

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

February 11, 2011

Technology and social networking mean less privacy in the workplace, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Using examples of "draconian" company policies on employee Internet use and e-mail and social network monitoring, the author asks, "what are the limits for employers?" Victorian Privacy Commissioner Helen Versey says employee monitoring "for no purpose other than curiosity may be considered unreasonably intrusive or unfair" under the Privacy Act. Studies show that companies are split on the use of social networking; some are banning sites during work hours, while others are leveraging them to share information and drive business. The report suggests employees check privacy settings on social networking sites and know what their companies' policies are.
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