Category Archives: Social Media Regulations

Less than 30% firms will block social networking sites by ’14: Study

Although various global corporate houses and Indian firms have placed checks to prevent employees from logging into social networking sites, the number of organisations effecting such restriction is rapidly declining, a recent study conducted by Gartner has found.

 

According to data from the global technology research firm, less than 30% of large organisations will block

employee access to social media sites by 2014 against

50% in 2010.

The number of organisations blocking access to all social media is dropping by around 10% a year, the data further suggested.

In addition to security threats, reduced productivity has often been held responsible for the introduction of restrictions on sites such as Facebook, and LinkedIn during work hours.

However, the increased use of personal devices has made it difficult for organisations to monitor social networking habits of employees. “Even in those organisations that block all access to social media, the blocks tend not to be complete,” said Andrew Walls, research vice-president at Gartner.

“Certain departments and processes, such as marketing, require access to external social media, and employees can circumvent blocks by using devices such as smartphones,” he added.

The Gartner report suggested that while there is an element of risk attached to freeing up social networking usage in office, there is an upside too.

Social media environments include mechanisms to collect, process, share and store a more complete range of identity data than do corporate ‘identity and access management‘ (IAM) systems.

The usage of these sites could enable a more comprehensive view of employees – one that extends beyond the bounds of organisations.

“For IAM managers, this is both a threat and an opportunity. Identity data and social media platforms can expose organisations and users to a wide variety of security threats, but organisations can also use this identity data to improve support for their own IAM practices and the ambitions of business stakeholders,” Gartner said in a statement.

Source: http://www.financialexpress.com/news/less-than-30-firms-will-block-social-networking-sites-by-14-study/920936/0

Govt should impose regulations on social media: Infosys Executive Co-Chairman Krish Gopalakrishnan

IT major Infosys Executive Co-Chairman Krish Gopalakrishnan today said government should impose regulations to check media players like Google, Yahoo and Facebook from hosting objectionable contents on their websites.

“The government should regulate social media websites from hosting objectionable contents. It is vital to establish jurisdiction over citizens’ data for security reasons,” he said at the Knowledge Summit organised by All India Management Association here.

Gopalakrishnan noted that this was a global problem and it was being dealt differently by different countries. “The European Union is trying to set up its own guidelines, while the US is doing it in its own style,” he said.

He said social media had become powerful in terms of opinion making and publishing positive and negative stories. “Sometimes, deliberately or by mistake, such stories could be twisted to create needless problems,” he added.

Facebook, Google, Yahoo India and Microsoft have been accused of hosting anti-religious or anti-social contents on their websites.

The controversy over monitoring social networking websites arose after Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had asked them to ‘screen’ their contents.

A Delhi court had recently directed several social media players including Facebook India, Google India Pvt Ltd and Youtube to remove objectionable contents from their websites.

Source: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-03-07/news/31131986_1_social-media-anti-religious-or-anti-social-contents-websites