Employers can be held responsible for wrongful acts committed by employees in the course of their employment: the principle of vicarious liability. After the June 2010 Supreme Court Ruling, this principle has increased in importance and has given the legitimate, work-related rationales for auditing, archiving, or reviewing employee communications and creating the expectation of privacy as not equivalent to an absolute right to privacy. With such a monumental ruling and privacy rights being called into question, it's important to review acceptable use policies and your business risks to determine the best next steps for your organization.
View this on-demand webcast to learn clear steps your organization should be taking to mitigate the risks of uncontrolled employee email and Web use. Aside from the obvious risk of reduced productivity and wasted IT resources, from an employee who spends significant periods of the day engaged in personal email or Web use, other risks include harassment, defamation and the loss of intellectual property, contract information and confidentiality.
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