On 1 September 2011 ACAS launched guidance on its website to help UK employers and employees get to grips with cyber issues which are estimated to cost businesses millions of pounds every year.
ACAS’s main recommendation is that employers should consult with staff and trade unions on policies relating to use of the internet and social media websites.
The report advises employers to take a ‘common sense stance’ in regulating behaviour and to try to use the usual standards of behaviour that would apply in ‘non-virtual settings’. Although many employers will already have a general email and internet use policy, the guidance encourages specific provisions in respect of social networking issues. However, it does note that existing email and internet use policies can be expanded upon and adapted to deal with the particular issues raised by social networking.
The guidance can be viewed here.
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