UK companies reason for blocking Facebook

According to a recent survey, 42% of UK companies are blocking employee access to social networking sites.  One of the reasons is new to me but I would imagine also applies to companies in the U.S.   18% of UK companies have been asked to produce electronic information as discovery in legal proceedings.

My first thought is that blocking access is an extreme response.  It would be like preventing employees from emailing each other because emails might end up in legal proceedings.   Just as companies should have policies regarding email communications, they should have appropriate policies that apply to employees’ use of social networking websites.

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