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Beware of the gaffe

Recent social media gaffes by high profile individuals have prompted a warning from a security awareness and training consultancy, that social media policies are essential for all organisations to prevent damage to reputations.

The Huntingdon firm The Security Company published a special report on the issue at:

The case of the UK’s first youth police and crime commissioner, Paris Brown, highlights the problems caused by old social media posts coming back to haunt individuals and their employers. The BBC reported recently that a police sergeant lost his job after posting derogatory comments about the death of former PM Margaret Thatcher.

Bernadette Palmer of The Security Company says: “Unfortunately the media seems to be full of high profile individuals apologising for lapses in judgement as a result of social media postings. This is a timely warning to organisations where there is a lax regard for the exploits of its employees online.”

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