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Managers Unaware of Cyberliability

Academic journal article Manager

Managers Unaware of Cyberliability

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Cyberliability is one of the hottest employment law issues currently facing employers and managers (particularly those in the human resources field). The unaware are in danger of being caught out by new technology, and in some cases risk facing serious financial damage or being put out ofbusiness, according to authors of a new guide Privacy and Communications published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Sue Nickson, co-author and Head of Employment Unit, Hammonds Suddards Edge says, "Employers remain blissfully unaware that they are sitting on a legal time bomb. Many of their employees are unintentionally creating liabilities for them through inappropriate use of new technology. Though employers have got to grips with new business tools, many fail to appreciate the privacy issues created by the Human Rights Act in relation to e-mail and the Internet".

There are potential liabilities for managers right across the employment law spectrum; from e-mail harassment and inappropriate use ofthe Internet, to defamation arising from inaccurately worded e-mails; and even potential criminal law sanctions where employees unlawfully hack into systems.

Nickson adds, "An area of increasing concern is the downloading of pornography by employees from the Internet. An employee who is aware that colleagues are downloading such material may reasonably decide that this causes an unacceptable working environment.

"Not only can this found the basis of a sex discrimination case, but the displaying and distribution of such material could also amount to a criminal offence under the Obscene Publications Act 1959. …

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