POST 2: Building your expertise using scholarly secondary sources

The nature of social media is leading an intrusive movement against the online privacy. One of the scholarly sources have explore the relationship between online privacy and social media and how does it affects the balance between work and private life.

The author Beatrix M. P. van Dissel is a research assistant of acting dean of law from University of Adelaide. This article is submitted to Australian Privacy Foundation discussing issues along with legal emphasis. The author believes that the current law is insufficient to protect employees for their private actions during their out-of-hours which leads to termination of their job. This issue is quite international but this article has explicitly express his thought in Australia’s point of view. This article is factual based as she has listed several case studies from Fair Work Australia relating to the use of social media that questions the effectiveness of the current law protecting against the employee. It does seems like there is a bias towards to the employee as most case studies result in employee to be found not guilty. Which in result, they reinstate even though the employers truly believed that the employees misconduct in the way damaging their public image. However I do agree that the nature of sharing information via social media blur the borders between one’s private and professional lives. The employees feel the need to be obligated for their behaviours even out-of-hours as they thought their actions will be exposed to their employer. It will cause disciplinary consequences if they are not cautious for their actions on social media. Therefore, it suggested the need of increasing privacy between the employer and employee otherwise the employment relationship will only lead to worse.



Van Dissel, B. M. P. 2014, ‘Social media and the employee’s right to privacy in Australia’, International Data Privacy Law, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp.222-234.