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The BYOD Party — And 7 Ways to Keep it Under Control

BYOD PartyEmployees bringing their own devices to work is not new. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is becoming the rule rather than the exception in today’s workplace. In fact, a growing number of employees are already using their personal communications devices for business purposes, whether or not there is a corporate policy in place. This is most evident in the U.S. (68%) and Canada (65%), compared with the UK, where only 47% operate in this way. (Source: Citrix, Workplace Mobility and the Small Business). 2012-13 really was the year mobility entered the enterprise mainstream. 2013-14 should be the year of consolidation and establishing guidelines around BYOD use.

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Creating Social Media Policies that Protect… not Police

Social Media Risk ManagementThe content for this article was sourced from NAVEX Global, a global compliance firm, who  wrote an excellent article on Using Social Media to Promote Ethical Best Practices and their Social Media Toolkit to managing social media risk management.

The world of social media is rapidly evolving. Having a well-founded social media policy is essential to preventing, detecting and responding to risks associated with employee social media use. It is important that your social media policy aligns with your corporate values, complies with existing laws, receives frequent review, and is effectively communicated to your employees through training.

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Why Social Privacy Needs to be a Social Priority [Infographic]

Original source: The Sad State of Social Media Privacy [Infographic], MDG Advertising

The relationship between social media and privacy has long been a controversial one, but with recent privacy breaches, ever-changing privacy settings and an overall increase in the things we share in social media, there is now renewed attention to the troublesome topic. To shed some light on where consumers stand on social media privacy issues, MDG Advertising created an enlightening infographic that shows consumers’ levels of trust, feelings of control, and attitudes toward online privacy and protection. It also offers insight on what consumers ultimately want in terms of social media and privacy. With consumers becoming more and more concerned about protecting their privacy in the social media era, social networks must make privacy a priority in order to keep consumers as fans and followers.

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Online Privacy and Why Pinterest Should "Binterested"

For once in my life I’m skeptical. And for you die-hard Pinterest fans, I hope you’ll bear with me as I explain my current disinterest in Pinterest.

I can’t get my sister-in-law to interact with me on Facebook. But she freaking LOVES Pinterest. And has been trying to get me to use it for a couple of months. And given the recent chatter on Social Media Today, I finally broke down this past Saturday and joined using my Facebook account to establish my Pinterest profile.

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Top Ten Implications of 2011 NLRB Activity on Social Media Use and Employee Rights

Source: Association of Corporate Counsel, Mary E. Windham, Labor & Employment attorney, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

Though the National Labor Relations Act has been around since the 1930s, its recent application to a relatively new sphere of activity, the virtual world of social media, has created a host of uncertainties.  Are employees’ posts about their workplaces and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media protected speech, or the stuff that may rightfully subject employees to discipline for violation of company policy prohibiting disparagement, discrimination, or defamation?  Though the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has yet to issue a decision on social media policy, over the last nine months it has aggressively publicized complaints and settlements in connection with cases involving employer rules concerning social media use and employee discipline.  Employers – both unionized and non-unionized – should review their social media policies and enforcement practices.  In the midst of ongoing controversies and the continuing explosion of online social networks, employers should consider the following:

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