Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Employee Use of Social Networks
Advances in Business Research, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2010
12 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2013 Last revised: 6 Sep 2015
Date Written: 2010
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter can help employees enhance a company's marketing, recruiting, security, and safety. However, employees' use of social networking sites and employers' access of those sites can result in illegal and unethical behavior, such as discrimination and privacy invasions. Companies must gauge whether and how to rely upon employees' use of personal social networking sties and how much freedom employees should have in using networks inside and outside of the companies. This research summarizes the latest legal and ethical issues regarding employee use of social networks and provides recommended corporate policies.
Keywords: social networking, social media, privacy, law, corporate policy, ethics
JEL Classification: K9, K19, K30, K31, K39, M10, M12, M19, M51, M59
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