Week In Review - August 15, 2013


This week, as in many past weeks, a lot of media attention has been paid to privacy: creating it, protecting it, and invading it. Employees are reported to have been fired or disciplined for recording, revealing or posting the wrong thing. Hackers are worried about government surveillance of their activities, while homeowners are worried about hackers infiltrating their home security systems. Electronic health information systems create new opportunities for health-enhancing information sharing, while simultaneously creating risks to patient privacy and safety. Meanwhile, the apps just keep on coming. Find a job? Ask for leave? Collaborate with co-workers on a document? Check out election results? There’s an app for all of those.

Technology and the Workplace

GPM creates social media guide for employers. (MinnPost

Reporter fired for revealing blog post. (Delaware Employment Law Blog)

Employers use trainings to integrate generations and span technology gap in workplace.  (Washington Post
Why attempts to make email completely private continue to fail.  (MIT Technology Review)

Facebook COO criticized for seeking unpaid intern.  (LA Times)

Technology and the Law

AOL CEO publicly fires employee for recording meeting and conference call.  (NPR)
Hacker conferences dominated by concerns of government surveillance.  (CBS)
Youtube video of officers’ conduct while serving civil warrant for overdue fee could trigger discipline. (ABA)
Hacking of “smart home” security systems raises new privacy concerns.  (LA Times)

With increasingly digital health information systems comes increased need for risk management.  (Forbes)
FCC announces change to rules and costs of prison phone calls.  (The Atlantic)

There's and App for That

The Department of Labor Develops an App that links consumer reviews with public workplace enforcement data. (SHRM)

New App Released to Allow Employees to Request Leave or View Holidays on Smartphone.  (PRWEB)
Scouring job listings gets easier with a new app.  (Marketwire)

Top 10 Technology Trends for Human Resources Departments in 2014. (Forbes)
A roundup of the best election season apps.  (ABC)

“Modern word processor” Quip allows collaboration across devices (The Guardian)


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