My Boss Can Now Monitor My OL Activities

Friday, May 14, 2010
I got addicted to Manila Bulletin Tech101 issues published monthly. I missed reading newspapers, I used to read them when I was still a young journalist way back elementary and high school years in which, my parents and teachers encouraged me to be always informed from news. And now, even if Tech101 has an online site too, reading it on a paper is far better and more comprehensible than reading it from the monitor where I usually skip sections to attend to other tabs of my web browser (FB, FS, Twitter and so on and so forth).

So the recent issue I've read was about a software that can help employers monitor their employees' social networking activities. Though I see some privacy issues here knowing that they're like spying a person which I guess, doesn't sound good at all, however, I assume that the employer's must-be-logical intention is to ensure that these people are not risking the security of the company they work for. The software is called Social Sentry (sentry is synonymous to lookout).

Well, with this innovative way of firing a careless employee, every employer must have bought this software straightaway that would cost them PhP 100.00 - 800.00 each employee to be monitored (costing corresponds to the size of company). However, the software can only monitor publicly displayed or posted information which means that the employee who's wise enough to keep his embarassing posts about the company privately to his friends or within his network will still not be captured by the software. Moreover, it can only supervise activities on Facebook, Twitter, youtube, Myspace and LinkedIn. Other social networking sites are still not supported. They further emphasized the greater impact of social networking posts than information that run through emails, Nancy Flynn from ePolicy Institute explained, "employee's social media creates a trail that could be used in litigation", which is right since I believe there's a law that covers legal rights against electronic-form of infringements in which much not harder to be legally implemented on social networking media than that on emails.

Now, there seemed to be 'more abrasive' attention on the form of communication within the social networking media than mere chitchats or bruits of employees during lunch or coffee breaks. So what do you think, which is more harsh? Well, as what Lewis Maltby, president of the National Workrights Institute, stated, "I'm a privacy advocate, and I wouldn't stand up before Congress and say your boss shouldn't be allowed to read your social networking sites. You're putting it out there for the world." Sounds fair enough.


Keeping a closer eye on employee's social networking
Tech 101 Page 2
Manila Bulletin
March 31, 2010


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