Fired Over Facebook Post
Despite the outcome of this particular case, the practical implications in the workplace are clear: social networking sites will be used to police employee behavior, screen prospective hires, gather customer data, surfing habits and buying patterns and, as of now, to support civil and criminal litigation based on the content of your posts, pictures and profile. Until you customize your privacy settings, utilize friend groups, exclude search engines, refuse friend requests from people who aren’t actually your friends, and consciously monitor what you post, you can expect the volumes of data you produce on social networking sites to increase not only your human connections, but your information exposure as well.
John Sileo is the award-winning author of Stolen Lives and Privacy Means Profit (Wiley, August 2010), a professional Social Networking Speaker and America’s leading identity theft expert. His clients include the Department of Defense, FTC, FDIC and Pfizer; his recent media appearances include 60 Minutes. Contact him on 800.258.8076.