Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Can employees lawfully disclose an employer's security lapses? The TSA story

So, does your employer have the right to expect you to keep the employer’s security deficiencies secret? Probably so, at least according to a recent incident where the TSA acted against a pilot Charles Liu for posting a YouTube video that exposed the apparently lax screening done on many airport employees as they move about.

Is this legitimate “whistleblowing”?

Part of security is that adversaries don’t know exactly what you’re watching explicit and what you aren’t. The TSA can say that this is part of the policy that they don’t disclose a lot of their practices to the media, or allow air industry employees to do so. This sounds like basic employment “confidentiality” to me.

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