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Friday, June 26, 2009

Ethics: Googling Clients

My colleagues and friends, Patti Stirling and Ken Walker, have spoken to numerous audiences about the risks of leaving “digital dirt” lying around on the net. Simply put, employers eliminate job seekers and fire employees when they find their digital dirt, and doing a Google search for your own name won't find all your dirt.

Now DeeAnna Merz Nagel of the American Counseling Association asks, “Is it okay to ‘Google’ your client?” Patti and Ken have told us that Google won’t dredge up all the information about a client but, should you be looking at all? What do you think?

PS: Thanks to @KateAnthony


Kate Anthony said...

I think you've hit the nail on the head here, Bill, with "should you be looking at all?" - I'm interested in the fact that it occurs to us to google clients at all... is that natural curiosity? Do therapists stop to think before trending towards the possible automatic reaction of seeking information on the Internet?

Thanks for blogging!