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Some startling statistics regarding social networking issues in the workplace......

You might be surprised to know that social networking policies, governing employee use of blogging, Facebook, Twitter and the like, are still a rarity at many business, including teaching hospitals. And, you might be equally surprised to hear that studies are revealing that medical students are displaying cavalier attitudes towards the protection of patient confidentiality.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a the results of an eye-popping study in the September issue. In response to a survey conducted by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), only 38 percent of survey respondents said that they have policies to cover online conduct. The “status update” features of social media platforms encourages people to record what they’re working on or who they are meeting with -- jeopardizing personal information and confidentiality.

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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.