Abuse of Power and SDC HR

Shepwayvox has discovered that SDC has been snooping into one of our members. They have been looking at our one of our members LinkedIn pages, Facebook page and other social media sites they use. Of course this is not illegal what they have done. I mean all one has to do, is type into your facebook search “people who work at Shepway District Council” then click people and hey presto there are literally hundreds of them. One can do something similar on LinkedIn too.

We are aware of this because we are tech savy and they have left a rather large digital fingerprint and we are aware of the source IP Address and it BELONGS to SDC and is based in the Civic Centre.

This we believe is an abuse of power as there is no legitimate reason to snoop on them as they have done nothing wrong except assist in publishing articles on Shepwayvox.

SDC have abused their legitimate authority, unless of course they were checking them out for a possible job offer; which we believe is not the reason.

As an aside, Andrina Smith (Chartered Fellow CIPD). Head of HR at Shepway District Council, worked previously at K College as head of HR. She left to join SDC and in doing so took three junior members of her HR staff at K college with her.

What Shepwayvox would like to know is were these three members of staff interviewed? How did Andrina get them on board? Were these three jobs advertised and did others have an opportunity to apply for them? There are rules regarding jobs and advertising them in public authorities.

Who authorised this? Was the process wholly open and transparent? If so, will SDC show the people of Shepway that everything was above board and who is accountable?

We have emailed SDC Head of HR Ms Andrina Smith for a comment. As of yet she has failed to respond. We suspect she will not reply, but we live in hope.

We wait to here from SDC about the intrusive illegitimate abuse of power regarding invading our member’s computer and there details and the reason for doing so.

Finally, we ask SDC to inform the people of Shepway about how three junior members of the former K College HR Department came to work at SDC.

Are these acceptable behaviours by the Council?

Shepwayvox

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