Q. We’re a small educational research company. On our website, we post employees’ pictures and a brief overview of their education and professional background. Recently, an employee asked us to remove her information for security reasons. She fears someone may google her name and find out where she works and the area she lives. Thoughts? — S.H., North Carolina
A. If you are posting the information for marketing purposes, you may need to find a way to publish the information without posting the employee’s picture, name or other personally identifiable information. General information about work the company has done (even if performed by this employee) should be able to be posted without any concerns.
Bottom line: The employee’s request should be taken seriously. If you are not able to come to a mutual understanding, it would be wise to consult with your legal counsel as privacy laws vary greatly from state to state.