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Employee E-mail Decision Spurs More Questions

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 6, 2010

Last week's New Jersey Supreme Court decision that employees should have an expectation of privacy when they use personal e-mail accounts on corporate computers is raising new questions, NetworkWorld reports. The court's decision specified that when it comes to monitoring employees' actions online, "employers have no need or basis to read the specific contents of personal, privileged, attorney-client communications in order to enforce corporate policy." Jen Rubin, attorney at Mintz Levin in New York, says the decision brings up new questions about employer ownership of e-mail created on company-issued computers and is likely to have businesses taking much closer looks at their e-mail policies.
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