Technology in the workplace: a recipe for legal trouble

Ever increasing dependence on virtual communication technologies in organisations and teams is creating unexpected legal concerns for both employers and employees.

Workforce Management reports on:

"Seven ways to avoid exposure to trouble when it comes to technology in the workplace".

For example - Instant Messaging: a 2004 Workplace E-Mail and IM Survey found that although 31 percent of employees use instant messaging at work only about 20 percent of companies have issued a policy addressing the content and use of instant messaging.

This contrasts with nearly 80 percent of the companies surveyed who had an e-mail policy.

Also - Camera Phones: as the resolution and picture quality of phones and webcams further improve, hostile employees will be even more easily able to capture document text and the intricate details of manufactured items, processes and prototypes.

From the employee side these camera phones also raise lots of issues around privacy.

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