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Social media policy approved

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Selectmen approved a social media policy for town employees at their Oct 15 meeting in an effort to bring town rules and bylaws into the 21st century. “Ideally, given the way that computers have consumed or taken on a major role in our society, it’s good to have in place these policies so people can’t turn around and say, ‘Gee, I didn’t know you couldn’t do that,’ ” said Selectman John Danehey. “We tend to think we state the obvious . . . but people say, ‘You should have warned us.’ That’s what this entails.” The policy addresses the use of social media at work, gives guidelines for appropriate use of social media, and specifies that there is no privacy with town systems. “In the past, people may feel they have a right to privacy in e-mails, but you don’t,” Danehey said. “The social media policy spells that out.”

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