May 182015
 
 May 18, 2015  Non-U.S.

Paris Cowan reports:

Queensland’s Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) has warned the state’s public servants that use of the Yammer private social network could potentially get them into legal hot water with the state’s Privacy Act.

The office has advised government workers not to become complacent using Yammer because it gives the appearance of “ephemeral communication akin to a verbal conversation among friends and colleagues”.

In a new set of guidelines, the office has taken a very clear stance that “this is not the case”.

Read more on ITNews.

Because Yammer is hosted in the U.S., any information transmitted via Yammer concerning personal information of another person could lead to a complaint under the Privacy Act for transferring information out of the country without consent.

 

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