How Private is Employee Email?


Suppose that an employee is talking about your company on a social networking web site like Facebook or LinkedIn while at work. Or suppose that during a routine update, the employer’s system cached email from the employee that is private in nature. Does the company have a right to examine those emails? Are they private even though the employee is using a work computer?

These might seem like straight forward questions, which appeared to have been resolved in the employer’s favor a long time ago But recent state court decisions, including a ruling in the New Jersey Supreme Court and an appellate decision in California this month, indicate that, where cloud computing and social networking are concerned, the answers are anything but clear.

Please see full article below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.