As a matter of course, we automatically Google someone, something, anything, in search of more information. In courtrooms, the attorneys choosing a jury are going beyond the information provided in the courtroom. One judge tried to stop the practice, and a court of appeal held that there was nothing wrong with it.
Similarly, Linkedin has become the social media site used by most people to promote themselves professionally. A complete profile with education, experience, employment history and recommendations is readily available in a few key strokes. It is also very easy to find groups on Linkedin with professionals in a similar field, or possible clients for whatever business you are in.
This openness of information sharing and accessibility is being exploited in another way. And, businesses are encouraged to take note. It is now even more important to make sure you have enforceable non-compete and confidentiality agreements with your employees and consultants.
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