<body><script type="text/javascript"> function setAttributeOnload(object, attribute, val) { if(window.addEventListener) { window.addEventListener('load', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }, false); } else { window.attachEvent('onload', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }); } } </script> <div id="navbar-iframe-container"></div> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> gapi.load("gapi.iframes:gapi.iframes.style.bubble", function() { if (gapi.iframes && gapi.iframes.getContext) { gapi.iframes.getContext().openChild({ url: 'https://www.blogger.com/navbar.g?targetBlogID\x3d9550716\x26blogName\x3defever\x26publishMode\x3dPUBLISH_MODE_BLOGSPOT\x26navbarType\x3dSILVER\x26layoutType\x3dCLASSIC\x26searchRoot\x3dhttp://efever.blogspot.com/search\x26blogLocale\x3den_GB\x26v\x3d2\x26homepageUrl\x3dhttp://efever.blogspot.com/\x26vt\x3d2082905868991776506', where: document.getElementById("navbar-iframe-container"), id: "navbar-iframe" }); } }); </script>

Under the radar!


Now this slipped through the net and under the radar! An article in the Guardian dated Thursday 13 January entitled UK firms warned over employees' blogs which discusses the sacking of Joe Gordon from Waterstones booksallers last week for allegedly "bringing the comapny into disrepute" and "gross misconduct" for commenting adversely about Waterstones in his blog. (More information about Joe Gordon's case is in these articles 'Bookshop worker first to be sacked over internet 'blog'', and also in Worker sacked over blog from the BBC.) The Guardian article starts out by saying;-

A leading internet lawyer has warned that UK companies could face legal chaos if they fail to set out clear guidelines for blogs written by their employees. Nick Lockett, a solicitor at the specialist commercial hi-tech law firm DLLegal, said there was a fine line between what was derogatory and what was fair comment.

As far as I know, although I can't recall where I've seen this posted, Joe Gordon's case has, or maybe is, going to an industrial tribunal. Thats what I think, but I've got no source that I can recall for it, so don't quote me on it.


The Guardian article then goes on to suggest that employers ought to have policies in place to ensure that they are not brought into disrepute in any employees blogs. Which also implies that if they are, then some form of discipline will ensure .... maybe even to the extreme extent of sacking you! Or in blogging terms, you would end up 'dooced'.

However, the last two sentences of the article say;-

"Companies have said that, properly handled, this could be very beneficial," he said. "This could be a low-cost form of marketing."

Which is encouraging anyway.

And why 'Under the radar!'? Well, because I haven't seen it commented on in any UK blogs that I've read, so it seems to have slipped 'under the radar' and not be in the public consciousness. Which is a pity really because it could have implications for ALL UK bloggers with regard to 'freedom of speech'.

« Home | Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »
| Next »

» Post a Comment