Why a Social Media Policy is Important for your Organization
By Brian Shrift, HCISPP
If you don’t Tweet, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Snapchat, that’s OK. But your staff may. And if they do it in the office, that could mean a HIPAA Security Breach and an audit for you – or even worse, a fine or a lawsuit.
Social Media consists of websites and applications, like those mentioned earlier, that allow almost anyone anywhere share information by spreading ideas, photographs and videos on the Internet. Often times you’ll hear of celebrities posting something and it “going viral,” meaning their post, often a comment or image, is being seen and spread by tens of thousands of individuals, if not millions. Once something has been posted, it’s near impossible to have it deleted, as it is spread and downloaded by others immediately.
“Selfies,” a photo of yourself taken with your smartphone and posted to a social media site, are very popular. Often people will snap a selfie of themselves while they’re stuck in traffic, after a new haircut, all dressed up for a night on the town, flexing in a mirror, or at the office. While there could be objections to all the shirtless flexing selfies on the Internet, the one we’re concerned with is the office selfie.