Friday, June 1, 2012

Week in Review

As technology continues to change, so too do employers' efforts to keep up. With new laws preventing employers from using passwords to access employees' Facebook pages, employers are finding other ways to monitor employees' online activities.  A new Gartner report predicts that by 2015, 60% of businesses will be using Internet-monitoring technologies to monitor employees' social media use. However, employers must be careful in their quest to control online employee expression. This week, the NLRB issued a social media report cautioning all employers (even those with non-unionized workforces) not to adopt social media policies that chill protected activity. The report contains examples of lawful and unlawful policies.

Technology and the Workplace
NLRB Releases Report on Employer Social Media Policies (NLRB)
8 Ways to Stay Secure When Working at Starbucks (CBS)
Seamless, Smart, Successful Social Marketing (E-Commerce Times)
Gartner Predicts Huge Rise in Monitoring of Employees' Social Media Use (LA Times) (PC World)

Technology and the Law
Sex Offenders Fight for Right to Use Facebook (Huffington Post)
Jury to Hear No Doubt's Claims Against Game Maker (NPR)
Google Files Patent Claim Against Microsoft, Nokia (CBS)
Obama Takes Cyberwarfare to New Level (CNET)

There's an App for That
Skype to Be Integrated into Windows 8 (ABC)
First Contract-Free iPhone Comes to Cricket (CNN)
Google Offers Virtual Tours of World Famous Sites (CBS) (Business Week)
Cell Phones Monitoring Radiation to Sell in Japan (CBS)

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