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Court Upholds Employee E-mail Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 31, 2010

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that a company should not have read e-mails a former employee sent to her lawyer from a private Web account through her employer's computer, the Star-Ledger reports. The court, which determined the company's policy regarding e-mail use was vague, upheld the sanctity of attorney-client privilege in electronic communications, the report states. Marvin Goldstein, who represented the Employers Association of New Jersey, said he expects companies will use the decision to rewrite policy manuals on e-mail usage. "The court has recognized the very legitimate and real concerns with regards to privacy," he said. "This gives some guidance to employers in terms of how explicit policies need to be."
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