Christin Choi’s article “5 Best Practices for Lawfully Monitoring Your Employees’ Social Media Activities” was featured inPhiladelphia Business Journal on October 27, 2014.

Now, companies must be vigilant about ensuring that employees are not disclosing confidential or proprietary information through social media, or using it to harass other employees or engage in otherwise unlawful conduct. At the same time, companies must also be sure not to invade any privacy concerns that may exist on the part of employees. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report reveals that more than 30 percent of global survey respondents would be “happy” for their employers to have access to their personal data. Despite the trend towards monitoring employees’ social media activities, such monitoring may raise a host of risks for employers.

In the article, Christin discusses some of the best practices for the lawful monitoring of employees’ social media activities and tips for balancing the company’s legitimate business interests with competing privacy interests of individuals who engage in social media activity:

  • Tip 1: Use caution when reviewing social media in the hiring process
  • Tip 2: Update your social media policies
  • Tip 3: Screen sparingly
  • Tip 4: Apply social media policies consistently
  • Bonus Tip: Do not ask for user names or passwords

To read the full article, please visit Philadelphia Business Journal.