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Why “I Accept” is Unacceptable

Now on my AIIM Expert Blog:

The top salesman at Lacoste was fired recently for apparently posting a photo of his paycheck on Instagram. The point of the story for information professionals like us is that he had no recollection of signing or agreeing to the confidentiality agreement the company said he violated, one that may or may not have encompassed social media. “I just clicked ‘accept terms’ on that, you know?” he told the Gothamist last week, and in so doing he perfectly exemplified the problem of clicking without reading.

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How do you ensure your people read before clicking? Is this concept part of your new-hire program? Let us know by commenting below or dropping me a line!

1 thought on “Why “I Accept” is Unacceptable”

  1. Hi Steve,

    Please don’t publish my name, email address or employing organization, as I don’t want to potentially violate any of my terms of employment.

    I thought this advice about making sure you read what you are agreeing to was extremely important. How many GMail users realize the following?

    From a recent post on another blog;

    “Read the terms and conditions closely to be sure you don’t give up rights you can’t give. For example, Google Gmail’s Terms & Conditions includes this statement in section 11.1: “By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.” In Section 11.2 is says “You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.” Be sure these are conditions you can agree to before using cloud based emails.”

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