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No Longer Safe for Work: Blogs

From a story at wired.com:
No Longer Safe for Work: Blogs

Robert Mason (not his real name) would love to spend a few minutes during lunch catching up on blog posts from around the web, but his company doesn't allow it. The financial institution where Mason works as a vice president has security filters set up to block access to -- among other things -- any website that contains the phrase "blog" in the URL.

What's more, says Mason, such practices are becoming prevalent in corporate America, particularly in financial services. Mason sits on a roundtable privacy group of 20 of the country's largest banks. "My best understanding is that my company's anti-blog stance is the industry norm," he says.
Sigh.

Yes, blogging can be a waste of time at work. And I suppose that there's a risk employees will post sensitive information on blogs or comments. But, really, I think it's rather shortsighted to block blog access from the workplace. I, for example, use some technology related blogs as a legitimate part of the information gathering that my job requires. Were my company to attempt a wholesale block of blogs, they would take a valuable tool away from me that I use to do my job.

Read the full article....

Comments

(Anonymous)
Nov. 10th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
Blogging is *NOT* appropriate for work unless it's directly related to your work. Like a blog on SBS 2003 and how to install Exchange SP2. Otherwise, you're wasting the company's time!

(OK, so I'm a little mad right now because my co-worker has been watching online video clips lately, the boss knows, and hasn't done a thing!!!)

Sarah
sarahintampa.com

...and yes, still too lazy to deal with OpenID!
drmellow
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
Sure, but the point was that even blogs that can be work-related are getting banned. Also, most companies allow people small breaks throughout the day, where it would be appropriate for non-work-related blogs to be checked.

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