Court Imposes Social-Networking Policy

The Circuit Courts of Delaware County, Ohio, have adopted a social-networking policy for court employees. As reported by, the policy prohibits employees from accessing social-networking sites, like Facebook, during working time, including access with personal smartphones.

The policy goes beyond on-duty activities, though, by prohibiting employees from discussing or revealing “any information related to a judge, co-workers, parties before the court, attorneys who appear before the court, local law enforcement officials,” and any information, “obtained through the employees’ observation of events at work.” The policy also prohibits employees from making derogatory comments in online postings. Specifically, employees may not make comments that “are negative about another employee or might be perceived as negative.”

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