Private Investigators Brighton Give Information on Employee Monitoring Services in Light of BBC News Wales Report: Council Staff Warned Over Social Media Misuse

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Private Investigators Brighton give information on employee monitoring services in light of recent BBC News Wales report by Alun Jones dated 30 May 2013: Council staff warned over social media misuse

Social media sites are fantastic to keep in touch with people and to inform them of services and events but in my professional opinion it can also easily be misused.

According to the recent BBC News Wales article: Council staff warned over social media misuse, 14 cases of social networking misuse by council staff in Wales have been looked into. Figures were obtained in a Freedom of Information (FoI), at the request from BBC Wales’ Welsh-language news website, Newyddion Ar-lein. The cases recorded in 2012 were a mix of suggestive comments, threats and inappropriate comments about other members of staff made on social media sites by employees, whilst at work or outside of the workplace and posting of worrying comments that could bring the council into possible disrepute. Some council’s declined to release details claiming it would be contrary to the principles of the Data Protection Act and the cost of retrieving the information from its records would be too great.

The BBC News Wales article went on to say that Matthew Sinclair, Chief executive of the TaxPayers Alliance said councils were right to take action against those misusing social media.

“Whilst social media can be useful for letting residents know what the council are up to and for increasing transparency, it’s important it is not misused.”

"If council staff are posting inappropriate comments on social media accounts then appropriate action must be taken."
The issue of the misuse of social media sites is becoming more prevalent within the news as it is not only council workers that are at fault but civil servants and police workers have also been disciplined over such matters.

In this age of information sharing online, staff can get confused about what social media content is appropriate and what is not. It can be difficult to monitor the use of the internet by staff but Private Investigators Brighton have had great success for their clients with their employee monitoring services. A lot of the successes was through online monitoring to record all online activities on work PC’s, laptops and mobile phones. The information gathered can be viewed by management or business owners on a daily report. Other methods of gaining proof of employee misconduct has been collected through surveillance and hidden cameras throughout the workplace. Staff is made aware that their online activates are being recorded and they are being monitored by CCTV or hidden cameras.

Spokesperson from Private Investigators Brighton, Shelby Mills said:
“Social media sites are fantastic to keep in touch with people and to inform them of services and events but in my professional opinion it can also easily be misused.”

Private Investigators Brighton along with their sister company Private Investigators London is a team of highly trained professional and discreet private investigators and detectives with over 35 years experience in the industry. Their understanding and approachable team of male and female detectives are available 24/7 to conduct matrimonial, corporate and private investigations.

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Private Investigators Brighton
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