Immigration outlines employee social media policy

Guidelines dictate official and personal use for social networking sites

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has implemented a policy that outlines the use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter for employees.

"Employees who blog in their own time using their own resources should not record any information regarding their employment," the policy reads.

It also warns staff that social networking sites incur "the risk of identity fraud and other threats which can result from providing personal information on such sites, specifically details such as age, address and employment details".

As a result, the policy states employees are not allowed to use their own work email when registering for a social networking site. They should also avoid posting personal information like age and address, and must seek permission from department managers before posting photos of individuals or buildings relevant to DIAC.

“The new social media policy recognises the widespread influence that blogs and wikis have within the community," DIAC secretary Andrew Metcalfe said in a statement. "That of course includes our staff whom we want be alert to the potential risks of identity fraud and other threats.

“This new instruction is designed to protect the identity, safety and privacy of individual employees and their colleagues, and advises them to understand how to use privacy settings and preferences for restricting access and protecting content.”

The department already runs a YouTube channel called ImmiTV which provides short videos showcasing relevant programs and activities.

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