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How much of a risk does social networking pose to your business?

We are all aware of the benefits that the internet and social networking tools can bring. Blogging, Twitter and Facebook all help to keep us in touch with each other and communicate in a more flexible and responsive way. But just how much of a risk can the misuse of social networking tools by employees pose to businesses?

Some estimates report that misuse of the internet and social media by workers costs Britain's economy billions of pounds every year. The darker side of our highly connected society is already starting to be felt, in areas such as data protection, online defamation, cyber bullying and the invasion of privacy.

Having a clear workplace policy regarding the use of online media and social networking tools can help reduce the risk to your business. Social networking - a risk to your business? is a new half-day course from Acas which aims to help employers and managers to implement robust systems to ensure they comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act and to develop protocols and procedures for e-mail, web and social network use.  

Read the Acas social networking guide.

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