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New Developments that Impact Social Media’s Place in the Office

Reprinted from the North Carolina Bar Association’s Employment Law Newsletter, September 2010

Employers and employees are continuing to grapple with the use of social media in the workplace. On the one hand, social media can be a powerful online marketing tool that provides access to 500 million users (and that number accounts for Facebook users, alone). On the other hand, social media is also a demonstrated leading contributor to security incidents and data leaks. This article presents several recent developments and perhaps overlooked legal constraints that bear on the use of social media in the office.

When Employees Leave, Make Sure Your Information Security Doesn’t Walk Out the Door With Them

An employee’s departure represents a significant threat to an organization’s information security if sufficient procedures are not in place (and actually followed) in connection with the departure.

Here are some important steps to take to keep departing employees (whether resigning or terminated) from undermining your security, whether unwittingly or intentionally.

The Encryption “Magic Bullet”

How to Make Sure Your Encryption Solution Hits the Target

Every organization in business today is holding personal information about individuals. Whether they are consumers, customers, clients, patients, employees, or business partners, you collect a mass of personal information about them, such as Social Security numbers (SSNs) and other government-issued identifiers, consumer reports, background checks, test results, medical files, financial or health information, and perhaps even biometric data.

Ken’s quote of the month: “Moses dragged us through the desert to the one place in the Middle East where there is no oil.”

— Golda Meir, former Prime Minister of Israel

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