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    Wall Street Journal: Bosses and Workers Disagree on Social Network Privacy

    The Wall Street Journal reports on a survey about privacy and employees:

    A majority of business executives believe that they have a right to know what their employees are doing on social-networking sites, but most workers say it’s none of their bosses’ business, according to a new survey by Deloitte.

    The survey was conducted in April with about 2,000 U.S. adults. Of the 500 respondents with managerial job titles (vice president, CIO, partner, board member, etc.), 299, or 60%, agreed that businesses have a right to know how employees portray themselves or their companies on sites like Facebook and MySpace.

    But 53% of employee respondents said their profiles are none of their employers’ business, and 61% said that they wouldn’t change what they were doing online even if their boss was monitoring their activities. […]

    Some workers are aware that the wrong comment or photo can come back to haunt them, and 29% said the economy has prompted them to be more careful online. Seven percent said they knew of a co-worker who’d been let go because of “inappropriate behavior online” in the last six months, and 2% said that their Twitter, MySpace or Facebook page had kept them from getting a job.

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