"...The development of electronic monitoring and surveillance has increased dramatically over the last decade and now pervades all aspects of everyday life, to the extent that most people are either not aware of it or take no notice of it. In the workplace the expansion of electronic communications can best be seen in the centrality of email in everyday work in most workplaces. Adding to this is the more recent phenomenon of social networking through Facebook and more professional sites such as LinkedIn. These new areas of e-communication have become major aspects of information flow both inside and outside the workplace. While the benefits of an increasingly connected workforce in an increasingly complex, diverse and dynamic global workplace are promoted, the potential negative consequences of e-communication are also raising concerns for both employers and employees."