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Persons forget that the internet is a public place.


Porsche AG is blocking employees’ access to social-networking platforms such as Facebook Inc. and Xing to shield the sports-car maker from industrial espionage.

Porsche, based in Stuttgart, Germany, is concerned that foreign intelligence services may be spying on workers posting “confidential” information on Facebook and other Web-based services, exposing the carmaker to unwanted observation, Dirk Erat, a Porsche spokesman, said today by phone.

The story does not indicate whether Porsche is following to lead of certain American sports leagues in forbidding employees to use personal devices to twit, only that it is blocking access through the company network.

I suspect that Porsche is over-reacting. But, after all, one’s employer’s computers belong to one’s employer. Persons tend to forget that.


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