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Why Every Company Needs an Electronic Communications Policy
Timothy A. Dimoff -- High Risk Security Expert Timothy A. Dimoff -- High Risk Security Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Akron, OH
Wednesday, April 10, 2024


In today’s digital age, electronic communications are not just limited to social media; they encompass emails, instant messaging, company websites, forums, and press releases. With the proliferation of digital platforms and the increasing concerns around data privacy and misinformation, it is more important than ever for businesses to establish a comprehensive electronic communications policy. Here’s why:

  1. Protection Against Misinformation

As of 2024, misinformation continues to be a major global issue with significant impacts on public opinion and behavior. A robust electronic communications policy can set clear guidelines for verifying and sharing information, which helps prevent the spread of misinformation. For instance, it can require employees to source information from reliable sources or to refrain from sharing unverified news on any electronic platform.

  1. Compliance with Regulatory Requirements

In 2023, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other similar privacy laws have become stricter, imposing hefty penalties for non-compliance. An electronic communications policy helps ensure that all communications comply with these laws, particularly in how data is handled and stored and how information is shared internally and externally.

  1. Safeguarding Professionalism

Inappropriate use of electronic media can damage a company’s reputation. Clear policies about acceptable communication help maintain professionalism and prevent incidents that could reflect poorly on the company. According to a 2023 survey by the Pew Research Center, about 71% of professionals believe that a clear electronic communications policy is crucial for maintaining corporate reputation.

  1. Ensuring Security

Cybersecurity threats are on the rise, with a report from Symantec in 2023 stating that 25% of companies have experienced a data breach through communication platforms. An electronic communications policy can enforce security practices, such as using strong passwords, encrypting emails, and not sharing sensitive information through unsecured channels.

  1. Enhancing Productivity

Unregulated use of electronic media can lead to significant productivity losses. A 2024 study by McKinsey found that employees spend approximately 20% of their workday managing unnecessary emails and other communications. A well-defined policy helps minimize non-essential communications and clarifies expectations regarding using electronic media for personal purposes during work hours.

  1. Managing Public Relations

A misguided tweet or poorly worded email can become a public relations nightmare. An electronic communications policy should define who can speak on behalf of the company and provide guidelines on the tone and content of public communications. Training employees on these guidelines can reduce the risk of public errors.

“A negative electronic communications message can destroy a company’s reputation in a matter of minutes, and it took the company years to build a positive corporate reputation!” reiterates Tim Dimoff, President and CEO of SACS Consulting and Investigative Services.

  1. Protecting Intellectual Property

Intellectual property, such as trade secrets, business strategies, and innovations, must be protected. Leaks can occur through careless electronic communications. Policies that specify how and with whom sensitive information can be shared are essential for protecting a company’s assets.

 Implementation Tips

  • Make sure the policy is clear and concise. Avoid legal jargon that might confuse employees.
  • Regular training sessions can help employees understand the importance of the policy and teach them how to comply.
  • The digital landscape is constantly changing. Regularly review and update the communications policy to keep up with new technologies and risks.
  • Implement software to monitor communications and ensure compliance. However, make sure to respect privacy laws.


An electronic communications policy is no longer just an option but a necessity in the modern workplace. It provides a framework that helps prevent legal issues, protect company information, maintain professionalism, and enhance productivity. As we move further into 2024, updating or establishing an effective policy should be a priority for all businesses.

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About Timothy Dimoff, CPP

Timothy Dimoff is founder and president of SACS Consulting Inc. a security and consulting firm that specializes in workplace security, HR, vulnerability assessments,  violence prevention and other workplace related issues. Corporate headquarters is located at Canal Place, Suite 2516, 520 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44311. Telephone: 330-255-1101. Website:  www.sacsconsulting.com. or  www.timothydimoff.com.


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