The blended use of technology for both professional and personal communication has had a significant impact on workplace privacy. Gone are the days when all an employer knew about an employee was what could be observed during the workweek and at the annual holiday party. Now, through technology, employers can monitor employees inside the workplace and out, and can delve into employees' backgrounds, internet usage, and email habits, among other things. Yet, notwithstanding these technological changes, employees continue to assume that they have some degree of privacy in their electronic communications.

This article explores several areas where workplace privacy in electronic communications is evolving with technology. These areas include: (1) monitoring employee internet usage, particularly social media; (2) monitoring employee email and similar electronic communications; and (3) developing and enforcing workplace technology policies.

Originally published in the New Hampshire Motor Transport Association 2014 Annual Directory.

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Topics:  Electronic Communications, Electronically Stored Information, Email, Internet, Privacy Policy, Right to Privacy, Technology, Trucking Industry

Published In: Labor & Employment Updates, Privacy Updates, Science, Computers & Technology Updates

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