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GAO Audits Gov't Agencies' Social Media Policies

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

July 29, 2011

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has audited the social media policies and procedures of 23 government agencies and issued a 90-page report disclosing the results. The GAO's information security director writes, "Without establishing guidance and assessing risks specific to social media, agencies cannot be assured that they are adequately meeting their responsibilities to manage and preserve federal records, protect the privacy of personal information and secure federal systems and information against threats." The audit found that 12 of the 23 agencies have social media policies and procedures in place; 12 have updated privacy policies, and seven have identified security risks, GovInfoSecurity reports.
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