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My employer takes draconian measures against posting photos online

 
Perfectly ­ Frank
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Jun 11, 2015 11:17 |  #1

I think you might find this interesting...

I work for a very large transportation company. We recently got a memo from upper management concerning photography. In a nutshell...

Employees are no longer allowed to post to social media photos or videos of company property - including vehicles, buildings, or other employees.
Even if the photography is done when the employee is off the clock, or the images put the company in a positive light, it is still not allowed.

Employees are not allowed to post to the internet videos or photos of buses or trains that are being used throughout the city.

If an employee is caught using a smartphone to photograph or video company property or vehicles, their smartphone will be confiscated.
Their reason? The image captured is "data" that belongs to the company.

Any employee in violation of these rules may be terminated.

Sounds pretty draconian to me.


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Jun 11, 2015 11:25 |  #2

Sounds like an opportunity for a fun legal challenge.


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Jun 11, 2015 11:27 |  #3

sagray wrote in post #17592921external link
Sounds like an opportunity for a fun legal challenge.

I was thinking the same. But the cost to me would be too high.


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Jun 11, 2015 11:32 |  #4

I could see that if you are on the clock and the pictures taken on company property but once out in public, your employer looses all right of controlling what you can and cannot post.


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Jun 11, 2015 11:43 |  #5

Such measures are an amazing way to get your company pasquinaded all over the social-media-sphere.


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Jun 11, 2015 11:54 |  #6

So what do they plan on doing about non-employees taking pictures? Not to mention that in most locales anything in public view is legal to photograph, with only a few exceptions in some cases.


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Jun 11, 2015 12:13 |  #7

sagray wrote in post #17592921external link
Sounds like an opportunity for a fun legal challenge.

Maybe the ACLU?

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #17592927external link
I was thinking the same. But the cost to me would be too high.

I don't blame you. It's time to keep your head down while this plays out.

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #17592907external link
If an employee is caught using a smartphone to photograph or video company property or vehicles, their smartphone will be confiscated.
Their reason? The image captured is "data" that belongs to the company.

Hopefully, someone on their legal team will get fired over this one! ; D


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Jun 11, 2015 12:15 |  #8

sagray wrote in post #17592921external link
Sounds like an opportunity for a fun legal challenge.

Based on what?

gjl711 wrote in post #17592939external link
I could see that if you are on the clock and the pictures taken on company property but once out in public, your employer looses all right of controlling what you can and cannot post.


haha...not in my profession - teacher.


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Jun 11, 2015 13:30 |  #9

I understand the concern if law enforcement prevented us from taking photos on public property or something like that but when it comes to private property, I don't see it as big of an issue.

I used to work for an investment bank, specifically on the trading floor on the public side. It was against policy for an employee to take photos or videos on trading floor except for a business purpose (in which case you'd need management approval). I didn't see it as a big issue.


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Jun 11, 2015 13:33 |  #10

Tell them to pound sand.

They cannot tell you that you what you can or cannot take photos of on your own time as long as it is not of their property taken ON their property.

Do you work for the NSA? lol


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Jun 11, 2015 13:37 |  #11

If it's a private/public+clandes​tine firm/company and property, I think they might be well within bounds. NSA, Intel, Samsung, Apple have such rules in place too, so lots of precedents/departments for other companies already. Check out your local laws to verify.


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Jun 11, 2015 13:39 |  #12

Businesses now think they own their employees. Welcome to the new face of slavery.

employers wary of brand damage through social media are delving ever deeper into the personal spheres of their workers, demanding that even low-level employees tailor private communications and off-hours behaviour to uphold the corporate image

...a fast-encroaching corporate culture, in which employers view workers as full-time brand ambassadors, and life for almost all employees could be seen as an endless sequence of career hazards

Source: http://www.macleans.ca ...jobs/hes-fired-whos-next/external link

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Jun 11, 2015 13:55 |  #13

looks like the white woman who started a fight with a black teen is about to get fired for her part in the mess that went on down in Texas last weekend

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wrong as it may seem, getting fired for something you do while off work is not that unusual.


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Jun 11, 2015 14:10 |  #14

The company I work for has a very similar policy for social media. Doesn't affect me, no plans to photograph work on my own time.


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Jun 11, 2015 14:18 |  #15

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #17593073external link
Tell them to pound sand.

They cannot tell you that you what you can or cannot take photos of on your own time as long as it is not of their property taken ON their property.

Do you work for the NSA? lol


No matter who they work for, you can find yourself suddenly among those affected by 'Reduction in workForce, sorry to let you go'. Effectively, you are told 'Go pound sand into finer sand' simply because, and there is little avaiLable recourse when you are one of a few dozen.


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