ITBusiness - Banning Facebook, Twitter at work could backfire, says Ontario privacy commissioner


(28-Oct-09) Banning employees from visiting social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter at work isn't a good idea, according to Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian.

"I think it's a mistake," the privacy commissioner told ITBusiness.ca. "It's like waving the proverbial red flag in front of your staff – it's almost a challenge to them to find a way around it."

Cavoukian said she completely understands why in today's environment some businesses may favour an outright ban, but says such prohibitions are almost always counterproductive.

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