IT Business Edge editor Lora Bentley recently spoke with Chris Schaeper, a partner in the Houston office of the law firm of Thompson & Knight, about corporate e-mail, Web use and communications policies. He says that corporate policies need to be adjusted as new types of technology are introduced into the business environment.
"New technologies come every few years, and a lot of times they arrive in non-business settings and businesses see how they develop and then decide to go into them. And a lot of these technologies, especially like social networking, arise in very informal settings and are used by our teenagers, and then businesses begin to dive in. When they do so, they're looking more for market opportunities and not thinking so much about the legal consequences."
The Knowledge Network has posted several sample policies regarding e-mail and Web communications. Here are a few: