The rise of social media has ignited a societal change in how people across the world communicate and “stay in touch.” These social networking websites allow users to create personal profiles, post comments, join groups, add contacts, and most important, find like-minded people with whom to share ideas, interests, and experiences. They give users the opportunity to link with others, both near and abroad, based on shared personal interests and business or academic affiliations.
However, in the business community, social networking also makes companies more susceptible to corporate espionage, i.e., “clandestine techniques used to steal valuable information from businesses.” This is caused, in part, by the fact that “[t]he general informality of social media sites like Twitter or Facebook encourages employees to let their guard down and casually share information without thinking twice.”
To continue reading , click here for the PDF of the article co-written by Bradford Muller, “Is Social Media a Corporate Spy’s Best ‘Friend’? How Social Media Use May Expose Your Company to Cyber-Vulnerability,” which appeared in the Bloomberg Law Reports – Technology Law Report on February 13, 2012.