[ISN] Gartner sees huge rise in corporate social media monitoring

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Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 04:20:18 -0500 (CDT)

By Grant Gross
IDG News Service
May 29, 2012

Corporations are starting to embrace technologies used to monitor 
employee Internet use, with 60% expected to watch workers' social media 
use for security breaches by 2015, according to a new report from 

Less than 10% of companies now monitor their employees' use of Facebook, 
YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media sites for security breaches, 
although many companies monitor social media for brand management and 
marketing purposes, said the report, released Tuesday.

New technologies and services are enabling the growth in employee 
monitoring, but companies will need to closely manage their monitoring 
efforts for ethical and legal issues, Andrew Walls, research vice 
president at Gartner, wrote in the report.

Monitoring can help companies avoid security problems such as employees 
posting unauthorized videos of company activities, Walls wrote. However, 
"there are other times when accessing the information can generate 
serious liabilities, such as a manager reviewing an employee's Facebook 
profile to determine the employee's religion or sexual orientation in 
violation of equal employment opportunity and privacy regulations," he 


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