Study reveals employers prevent staff from using social networking sites
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Eight out of ten businesses employing up to 500 staff have an Internet policy for employees while half prevent visits to social networking sites via company computers or laptops, new research reveals.
And 12 per cent of small and medium sized businesses claim employees have leaked sensitive company information via social networking sites, according to Internet security service Webroot, which polled more than 1,000 American and UK businesses.
The research indicates that 42 per cent of businesses have implemented an Internet use policy as a direct result of an employee's inappropriate use of social networking sites.
Four out of ten prohibit employees from visiting Facebook, three in ten block access to Twitter while 27 per cent prevent video-sharing sites, such as YouTube.
Just one in five companies allow employees to visit social networking sites during specific times, such as lunch hours, while 16 per cent allow specific departments, such as marketing, access.