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

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Gundars Kaupins

Boise State University

Susan Park

Boise State University

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kaupins, Gundars and Park, Susan, Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Employee Use of Social Networks (2010). Advances in Business Research, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2309702

Gundars Kaupins

Boise State University ( email )

1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83716
United States
208-426-4014 (Phone)

Susan Park (Contact Author)

Boise State University ( email )

United States

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