Yammer. A private social network?

May 18, 2015 - 9:43am

Yammer is a social networking platform which agencies are increasingly using as a way of collaborating and sharing information within designated groups. 

Social networking platforms such as Yammer can help open channels of communication and create a knowledge base, but just as Peter Parker learned after gaining superhuman and spider-like powers, ‘with great power comes great responsibility’.

OIC has published a new resource: Yammer. A private social network? that provides practical tips on how to use Yammer in a privacy-respectful way.

For example, privacy considerations can arise where:

  • personal information is transferred overseas (which will occur given that Yammer operates from servers located in San Francisco)
  • a posting contains the personal information of an individual other than the person who is the author of the post
  • personal information contained in a post is used for a purpose other than that for which it was obtained; and
  • a person from another agency or an external third party is a member of the Yammer group.

For more information or general enquiries on the operation and application of the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) please contact our Enquiries Service on (07) 3234 7373 or enquiries@oic.qld.gov.au .