Workplace by Facebook Safe or Unsafe?

Yes, the title is dead-on !! Facebook in the workplace? Workplace by Facebook has been around for some time now. It launched on January 14, 2015, in beta mode. One of the first customers was the Royal Bank of Scotland. (WOW)

 The story written on Wikipedia states Facebook has been using a form of the Workplace platform since 2011. Since that time, Facebook Workplace, officially launched in October 2016, there is said to be around 30,000 or so companies that use or are testing the platform, Walmart, Black & Decker, and some other giants among its early adopters.

So my main reason for posting this in my blog is to bring some light upon the platform. As you may know, there are two levels of the Workplace Platform, Frist would be Workplace Standard, the cost is free (maybe) the second is Premium, the price is $3.00 per Active user. So 3000 employees would be a cost of $9,000 not too shabby compared to other offsite hosting platforms Or CMS.

Some features between the two of them, I will not list them all here but instead give you a link for Pricing.

The concern with this and maybe all hosted platforms is what information they collect and share. The issues Facebook has been having about data collection and the sharing or selling of Other data. Should we trust the most secure information of our companies’ projects or having access to who works for the said company? Not to mention meeting notes.

I was looking at a feed on Facebook today, I saw an ad for the Workplace platform, and so I looked at a few comments as follows:

“Excellent. They should call the platform “let Facebook steal and patent your business

“Facebook stay in your lane”

I think two was enough, but I saw hundreds of comments and not nice ones. I will mention this in Facebook’s defense (not that I 100% Believe it) But some may. They Claim your Information is yours.

Workplace holds the following compliance certificates:

  • ISO 27018 – Information Security Management
  • ISO 27001 – Information Security Management
  • SOC 2 – Trust Services Principles
  • SOC 3 – Service Organization Controls
  • EU/US Privacy Shield Data Privacy Practices

For Workplace Standard:

If you’re using Workplace Standard, Facebook is the data controller but employees own the content they post and share, and Facebook’s community standards apply.

For Workplace Premium:

For Workplace Premium, there’s a community admin that manages the community and the company owns and controls the data. The community admin can modify, delete, or export your data at any time.

This is not the full Privacy policy it would be located here: FB_Work_Privacy.

What I am saying is to be careful with any company information that you may share, and as for employees be careful of your posting (Should never have to bring that up) but sometimes not everyone understands this concept and will post about anything. I will be trying the Workplace platform out over the next few weeks and will post any security or data sharing information I find. Until then some links below about Facebook Data Privacy issues and a few photos of the platform. Please leave comments have you used the Workplace platform at your company? Or just let us know your thoughts.

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