Our departmental Yammer group drew my attention to an interesting article from last week’s Scotsman…apparently, Edinburgh City Council are facing a battle with the unions over their social media code of conduct. Sources in the article claim that the code, which limits what staff are allowed to say even while not at work, contravenes the European Convention of Human Rights in its assersion that staff cannot post “any comments or information that may undermine public confidence in the council, or act in any way that may bring the council into disrepute.”
The article has attracted quite a few comments as you can imagine, varying from sympathetic to outright hostility (towards both sides!). It seems that few topics divide public opinion these days more than public servants and social media!
All of us need to be careful what we say out there on public portals, and this is especially important when you work for the government – as Paris Brown found out to her cost recently. But with our government seeking to opt out of the new European “right to be forgotten” laws, how much should we be held accountable for past conversations or attitudes? What happens if your account is hacked? How much damage can a drunken post cause your career years down the line?
What do you think?