On Personal Emails and the Law

19 11 2009

Sending personal emails from your work computer is akin to sending it directly to your boss or the company’s CEO. This is the lore that’s developed throughout the years, based partly on what we’ve long heard from employment lawyers, corporate workplace experts, and companies themselves. The bottom line: Big Brother is watching.

But according to a Law Journal story by Dionne Searcey in Thursday’s WSJ, recent cases have shown that employees sometimes have more privacy rights than they might expect when it comes to personal emails. Courts in some instances are showing more consideration for employees who feel their employer has violated their privacy electronically.


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