June 15, 2010

Purdy FitzGerald highlights need for social media policies

by Jan Harris

Law firm Purdy FitzGerald has warned SMBs of the need for social media policies following a survey by SpamTitan Technologies.

According to SpamTitan’s Q1 2010 audit of 200 SMBs worldwide, 49% of those surveyed had no social media policy in place, even though they allowed employees to use social networks such as LinkedIn.

Purdy FitzGerald warns that this could lead to legal issues over data ownership.

“As business embraces social networking as a way to propagate messages and build their brands the line dividing personal and company data is becoming increasingly blurred,” said Alastair Purdy, partner at Purdy FitzGerald Solicitors.

“The important thing is to take steps to protect yourself or your company as much as possible in advance. Failure to do so will potentially leave the SMB sector with significant legal issues over data ownership.”

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