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FDA Workers Sue for Unlawful Monitoring

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 30, 2012

Six scientists and doctors are suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for violating their constitutional right to privacy after discovering the agency had been monitoring their e-mails for two years, reports The Washington Post. The FDA intercepted communications between the employees and members of Congress, including drafts of whistleblower complaints; took screenshots of their desktops, and monitored personal e-mail accounts accessed through their work computers. The FDA posts a warning at start-up on all company computers stating employees "should have 'no reasonable expectation of privacy,' in any data passing through or stored on the system," the report states. However, some experts say the issue at hand is whether the monitoring was legal and what level of monitoring is reasonable. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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