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Legal risks of blogging

Victoria Phynchon has posted an article by Jacqueline Klosek of Goodwin Procter LLP on the legal risks of blogging.

Per Jacqueline, the legal issues blogs raise fall into numerous categories including intellectual-property via copying and linking to content, defamation, privacy & security, securities and litigation (discovery of blogged content).

Jacqueline Klosek suggests the following:

  • Develop and implement policies establishing the terms and conditions under which employees will be permitted to blog.
  • Provide training as a component of the blogging policy.
  • Appoint a corporate representative to field employee blogging questions.
  • Inform employees of the consequences of violating blogging policies.
  • Develop and implement a system for monitoring the company’s blogs for content that violates terms of use, employee policies or applicable laws.
  • Ensure that any personal information gathered via company blogs is handled in compliance with applicable privacy laws and company privacy policies.
  • Develop and implement a policy for retaining and archiving corporate blog content.

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