ATO allows public servants to access social networking sites



ATO workers are now able to use social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn on their work computers for the first time. The ATO has allowed workers and tax officials to logon to social media

But the newfound freedom of the web for the ATO’s 23,000 public servants has come with a warning from Commissioner of Taxation Chris Jordan, that it is to be used sensibly.

Mr Jordan announced in early September that staff at all sites around the nation would have access to the sites on their desktop computers, a workplace freedom that had previously been considered too dangerous for the ATO.

The move, part of the Commissioner’s drive to modernise the Taxation Office, would allow officials to communicate with taxpayers “through their channels of choice”.

“Increasingly, people are using these channels to communicate socially as well as professionally – to connect with people, share ideas and best practice, and build their networks,” Mr Jordan wrote in his all-staff bulletin.

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September 3, 2014

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