Company secrets are an endangered species in our blog-happy society, reports the Wall Street Journal. A survey has found that 14% of US workers admit to leaking confidential or embarrassing company information to outsiders. Salary cuts and impending layoffs are common topics leaked to industry blogs.
One Oregon law firm received telephone inquiries from a blogger just 41 minutes after divulging secret layoff plans to "three or four" trusted employees. Some companies are responding by limiting employee email access or introducing attachment-sniffing software to weed out missives with sensitive documents. The leaks have multiplied as the economy sinks, and workers hit by cuts strike back.