October 08, 2015 Articles

Social Media Developments: Employers' Access and Discovery

Two trends have begun to emerge that may offer employers some guidance, if not complete certainty, as to when access to an employee's account is appropriate.

By David E. Gevertz – October 8, 2015

Few social developments have had as unforeseen an impact on privacy rights as the advent of social media. From relatively obscure roots such as college-dorm networks and music-sharing services, social-media websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have blossomed into near-ubiquitous tools for social networking, professional development, and public advocacy, among other uses. Of course, social media presents many opportunities for employers as well, who can use social media to vet potential employees, improve employee cohesion and morale, and promote business.

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