Is it acceptable for an employer to gain access/view an employee’s Facebook, Twitter account etc, particularly if it’s written in a company policy?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 8 January 2013
Arthur Cox
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Social media activity (or employee comments posted thereon) is not necessarily private or restricted to that employee (and his “friends”); employers can therefore look at employees’ social media sites. It is important and useful, however, for an employer to have a clear social media policy in place outlining that the employer reserves the right to monitor social media postings and activities to ensure that its rules regarding confidentiality, harassment and discrimination etc. are being complied with and particularly, that disciplinary action may result if an employee is in breach of the policy.

Human rights considerations are an important factor in this area and the European Courts have

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