At Grand Valley State University we use telepresence (also known as video-chat and video-presence) for interviews with first round candidates for university positions. GVSU has been the lab school for the past four years for a telepresence company called ooVoo. For more information about the use of ooVoo at GVSU go to : www.gvsu.edu/oovoo/
Employers in every industry have discovered that using telepresence is a sustainable way to do business. The ability to hear and see another person without flying or driving results in the use of less time, money and gas. The cost savings are real: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sav3Ss9BZ4
Every technology, however, has a downside. The following learning links are placed below to show how employers using telepresence are at risk to be hacked. For instance, hackers can sometimes turn web cams on unbeknownst to users, third parties can record teleconferences without participants’ permission, and certain types of telepresence services allow computer data to be stolen.
Accordingly, any business using telepresence must remain vigilant and use an encrypted safe service. If an entity knows or should know that its telepresence system has been compromised it has an obligation to either fix the system or use another telepresence service.
Page last modified December 16, 2012