[LINK] Telstra cracks down -- on employee web posting

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Mon Apr 20 09:00:04 AEST 2009

On 20/04/2009, at 8:35 AM, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> That's more than the principles of the Privacy Act, which fit on 1
> page quite easily.

The policy is available at Now We Are Talking.


As a comparison, Microsoft's employee blogging policy is nine brief  
bullet points.

    * Respect existing confidentiality agreements
    * Don’t break news; don’t disclose confidential information
    * Be cautious with third-party information
    * Respect prior employers
    * Identify yourself
    * Be cautious in how you offer support or advice
    * Speak for yourself
    * Think about reactions before you post


> Telstra public policy chief David Quilty said yesterday that under
> the guidelines, Mr Nassar would have been allowed to continue with
> the Fake Stephen Conroy page if he identified himself as a Telstra
> employee. [JW: So being Fake SC was "official" Telstra business???
> Who *are* these people? Don't they even read their own rules or pass
> their own 'accreditation'?]

Fake Stephen Conroy was writing (sometimes) about matters directly  
affecting Telstra's areas of interest, such as communications policy.  
He was hardly being a shill for Telstra. Still, these things are often  
about the perception of hidden agendas as much as anything else.


Stilgherrian http://stilgherrian.com/
Internet, IT and Media Consulting, Sydney, Australia
mobile +61 407 623 600
fax +61 2 9516 5630
Twitter: stilgherrian
Skype: stilgherrian
ABN 25 231 641 421

More information about the Link mailing list