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rubeon writes "Companies can get a lot of mileage out of social networking services from the likes of Google or Facebook. Chat, document collaboration, and video conferencing using services like Google+ Hangouts or Facebook's Skype are seductive additions to an IT arsenal. But a lot of people have privacy concerns about these services, and there's no shortage of horror stories how these sites track and exploit their users' habits. Can a company force its employees to use Google+?"
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  • If that's a requirement of the job, why now? I don't even see the problem.

    Of course, you don't have to use that account for anything beyond what the company requires. You certainly don't (and certainly shouldn't) use it for personal activity.

    Get a "work-only" account and get on with your life.
    • The problem comes with things like Google and Facebook's policy of real names only. The information in that account won't necessarily go away when you leave that job. If it is permanently associated with your real identity then that can be problematic - say for example, the company pulls an enron. Having your name publically associated with them for eternity isn't going to do you any favors going forward.

  • But employees have a right to tell them to go to take their job and shove it.

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