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Privacy Worries on Organisational Social Media Tools

September 19, 2010

One of the big talking points of social media platforms is that of privacy.  A recent example is that by the editor of Wired’s UK version David Rowan in Wired’s Epicentre blog as to why he isn’t and wont be using Facebook any time soon.  This post generated a series of tweets in reply to Mr Rowan from Jeff Jarvis, author of “What Would Google Do”, and who is currently writing a book about privacy titled “Private Parts” which was entertaining and uncomfortable at the same time.

So what are our privacy concerns, and how would they translate to an organisation wide social media platform?  If the platform is in-house hosted, then the data is completly internal and not subject to auction as would be the case on the likes of Facebook, or Twitter.  The organisation already has such information as national identification, social security, address, next of kin, bank account details, voluntary payroll deductions and the likes so identify theft can not be cited here.

On a company platform are we going to act in such a way as to come across as being un-professional or inappropriate, not saying that a point well made and relevant is both neccesary and should be expected by open and visionary organisational leaders.  In Bausch + Lomb we had a a set of cultures of which one was “Open and Candid Dialogue”.  Anyway, all e-mails are still stored centrally so if you think there is privacy there, even without hitting the “reply to all” option your mistaken.

David Rowan in the above mentioned blog post discusses the multiple identities we have in our on-line worlds.  For me these clones  don’t exist.  I am connected socially to quite a few connections from my professional and academic worlds and I couldn’t see myself acting differently if posting to my blog, Twitter, Facebook or a company hosted site.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Niall Murphy permalink
    September 24, 2010 1:57 pm

    Personally, I would think differently posting something internally versus external to the Company

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