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Experts: Your Work E-mails Are Not Private

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 12, 2010

In the wake of several high-profile cases of employees' inappropriate use of company pagers and e-mail systems, there is an increasing tension at the boundary between work and personal life, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The bottom line, the report states, is that employees should not expect the e-mail messages they send through their work accounts to be private. "We know for a fact that employers routinely read e-mail," notes Larry Ponemon, CIPP. Pointing out that most IT departments can access employee e-mail, employment law attorney Katharine Parker says it is "not reasonable to expect that communications on the employer's system are private; it's not the same as a conversation you have in your living room."
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