Social Media And Confidentiality

We’ve all been talking about how organizations need to have policies in place regarding employees’ social media usage (and the procedures to enforce those policies). But what about the friends and family of your employees?

You surely have no say in what those folks post on social sites, but you had best be looking. Your employees have, depending on your organization and their responsibilities, access to a plethora of sensitive if not confidential information. Many of you have your employees sign non-disclosure agreements. But how many of them take this to include not discussing sensitive information with their family?

Recently, the daughter of a man who had settled out of court with his former employer, under the clause of non-disclosure, just¬†cost her father $80K after she mentioned the case’s outcome on Facebook. Not a far stretch to think of something similar costing your company money, or perhaps worse, reputation.