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Lawyers Urge Business To Adopt Social Media Policies

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

August 23, 2012

Lawyers have warned Australian businesses to enact a social media policy or risk liability, Australian Financial Review reports. The warnings follow various lawsuits in Australia and abroad involving social media posts. Companies need explicit policies on social media, which should also appear in employee contracts, the lawyers said. “It’s a policy issue,” said one lawyer. Another said, “If the employee or agent of a business posts personal information about an employee on the business’s Facebook site using the business records of personal information, the business may breach the Privacy Act 2001.” Proper monitoring systems and policies can help mitigate this risk, he said.
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