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December 14, 2010

Mark Whitney to Present at Metrowest Human Resources Management Ass'n on the Impact of Emerging Technologies on Employee Privacy Rights (Framingham, MA)

The use of technology in both the workplace and at home has become omnipresent in modern society.  Technology advances that include a vast array of electronic communications, computer-based document creation and storage, and other endless futuristic developments have allowed for greater efficiency and organization in one’s everyday life.  Predictably, such advances have also invaded the employment sector with both positive and negative consequences.  In the modern workplace, employees are generally required to perform their job tasks utilizing employer-provided devices and electronic systems, such as smartphones, computers and e-mail, which can allow for a high level of productivity.  However, it also invariably creates opportunities for employees to use employer resources for non-work related personal use.  It is also now possible to track with GPS devices exactly where and when employees travel when using company vehicles.  Employers have clear business related interests in monitoring and reviewing employees’ use of employer resources, which can include information gathered from private e-mail, chats or social media accounts that employees have accessed using company technology or devices.

At the December meeting of the Metrowest Human Resources Management Ass'n, Mark Whitney will host a discussion about the impact of new and emerging technologies on employee privacy rights.  The seminar will focus on:

- Guidance that the recent U.S. Supreme Court's "Sexting" decision provides to employers (City of Ontario v. Quon)

- Importance of technology use and other employer privacy policies

- Issues not addressed by the Quon decision

- Quick update on employee privacy rights and emerging technologies

The seminar will be held from 745-930am on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at the Clark University Graduate Management Center, 333 Turnpike Road (Rt. 9), Southborough, MA.  For directions and registration information, contact the MetroWest HRMA at 508-429-2424 or by email at  There is a fee for this seminar.

The MetrowestHRMA has applied for approval of 1.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at