Let me propose a question to this communities readers (ok well several).
While the content posted on this forum/blog (as well as all others) are public content--I define public content as non restricted materiels any free bodied person has the ability to read/intercept-- is it correct for employers to have the right to not only read said materials but also discipline for materiels presented?
In other words, do you think it's right for your/my/their boss to read your personal livejournal/blogs as well as any comments you make etc?
While legally the employer has done nothing wrong (it should be noted however that some states have made this illegal, CA and CO as well as other cases of remarking on your employer online as counting as whistleblowing therefore federally proctected), does your employer have the right to enter into a world that you exist in outside of company time?
"But here's the important part: None of this should stop you from blogging. Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Internet bullies shouldn't use the law to stifle legitimate free expression. That's why EFF created this guide, compiling a number of FAQs designed to help you understand your rights and, if necessary, defend your freedom." (source: eff.org)
Now some readers may think "well you're fine if you make everything private/and don't have your full name displayed". However that isn't always the case, as you will see at the end of my argument to this community.
-It should be noted that the supreme court has made it legal for a blogger to post using anonymity ( Supreme court quoteCollapse )
it should be mentioned that even if you post with anonymity a company or government can and does subpoena the blogging company for your identity in many cases. (albeit this is used in extreme cases, my point was to show that there is no true way to remain safe)
Now it should be oblivious to any reader that I have personal issues with this subject; however before I present my personal story I will try to examine both sides completely. Please note I wish to encourage discussion, so if you wish to comment in reply to anythign I say, feel free however keep it clean--I do not want a flaming war online--.
It is clear why businesses invade their employees privacy, doing so discovers unhappy employees, shows if anyone releases harmful or secret information that might bring undue harm to the company, as well as many other reasons. Again, while I and other bloggers view this as an invasion of privacy, please note I don't use that term legally, as viewed content is public information. Managers go online to see what their employee thought of the last shift they worked, supervisors and union leaders go online to see general views of employees/union members that aren't mentioned in public.
You see, what you post online is what you post in your own time, in your own life. Therefore it is MY opinion that those words should have more legal protection. I have seen personally how the invasion of privacy is used. It's horrible and unethical. (this is all my opinion now) What do you think? Do you want your manager reading about how cranky you where when you had your period, or when you got dumped? They read it IN CASE you post something, not because you posted something. Co-workers are now seen reporting comments made by other users in order to gain favoritism, while at the same time managers/employers are now having task forces to search for said posts/comments etc.
And now I ask you what you think? But also, there IS one person in this community that linked my former managers/store director to my personal posts made in this community. To that person I sincerly flick you off, for creating an atmosphere at work I had no choice to walk away from. -flicks that person off-, and you won't have the courage to admit who you are will you?
Now is my story, if you care, placed beneath a cut to prevent a further page eater.
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