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no facebook is not on the work pc its using it at home but having friends that i work with on my facebook, we have been told we are not to have certen people on our face book who no longer works with us , but this person is still my friend alltho she no longer works with the company .
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Hay hay - it's a question of whether it is against the company's interests for you to communicate certain information to particular individuals via FB. For instance, if they catch you posting to FB (and you have friends who are clients or potential clients) 'Work is rubbish, I hate it and my colleagues are idiots', they would probably have grounds to discipline you.


So, unless you are doing anything on fb that could be perceived to be not in the best interests of the company, or are adding friends that are purely work related (clients exp) then I very much doubt they can interfere with what you get up to in your personal life.

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Most firms have a "reasonable usage" policy regarding their IT equipment. This means they reserve the right to monitor which sites you visit on their equipment as it remains the property of the firm and they have the right to know what that equipment is used for. This may include social networking sites such as Facebook, Bebo, Myspace, Twitter etc.


However, as this is on a home computer it is unlikely that they have the right to tell you who you may chose as a friend on such sites unless your actions bring the firm into disrepute or are not compatible with your continued employment with the firm. If you were to publicly criticise the firm or any of its employees, particularly by name, that could well come under the policy. Unless your ex-colleague did something heinous then it seems rather heavy-handed and intrusive of them to say the least.


If you had a known terrorist as a friend or a person who the firm categorised as being injurious to their business then then that might be regarded as an infringement of your contract of employment, eg: an animal rights protester if you worked for a pharmaceutical company. Why not just make your account private? A recent case in the US involved a private message on Facebook, and if memory serves the company were told to mind their own business.

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Go to your settings. Deny any kind of access (most importantly your "friends list") to people you aren't directly connected to. The default is that friends and photos are visible to friends of friends and maybe even to outsiders. Next, limit some of your profile visibility (the friends list again and in some cases even wall posts?) to colleagues and ex colleagues you are connected to. As long as your friends/comments aren't visible to a random member of the public I think it's none of their business who you talk to, unless you're in a very high security job.
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