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Odd Blog Gets Google Employee Canned

14-Apr-05 04:25 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Mark Jen, formerly of Google, was fired back in February for maintaining a blog about his daily life there.  This follows other oustings at high-profile companies for blogging – a Delta airlines employee among them – over the past couple of months.  Are these cases evidence that people just don’t know how to use the new technology appropriately?

I dunno – these things are pretty common sense.  And I’m not sure why people think it’s okay to report what’s tantamount to a newsletter on the inner operations and practices of their employer.  Although, yes, it’s a form of censorship, does anyone really think their employer wants that kind of information circulating around?  A recent American survey of Internet users suggested not, with respondents saying there’s still a right to privacy for individuals.  And since the poll reflected other attitudes

Bottom line here: it’s legal to terminate you almost everywhere in both Canada and the US without cause.  The only issue that remains would be severance I suppose, and that’s gonna depend (at least in Canada) on how long you were there.  Nobody’s tried suing an employer yet for damages following using a blog, and it might be interesting to see it happen.  Will cover it here if anything crops up.

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