Internet Risks and Rules
When employees make inappropriate use of the Internet, the result is waste. Productivity is wasted when employees log on and slack off. Money is wasted when management must divert resources to defend copyright violation claims and other Web-related lawsuits. Corporate reputations are wasted when the media get hold of particularly salacious tales of online intrigue.
Written Evidence and Legal Exposures
As detailed in Chapter 2, the 2006 amendments to the FRCP state that all electronically stored information2014including corporate website con- tent and employees2019 history of Internet surfing2014can be subpoenaed and used as evidence in the course of federal litigation. Best practices call for the strategic management of Web use and content through the imple- mentation of written policy, employee training, Internet monitoring, and URL blocking tools.
Do you allow employees2019 to surf the Web for personal reasons during their lunch breaks? A common practice within some organizations, un- restricted personal lunchtime surfing is an increasingly risky proposi- tion for employers.