Do Employees have any Privacy Rights Regarding E-Mail at Work?


Computers, e-mail, voice mail, and the Internet all have brought a new age of ease and efficiency to workplace tasks. As workplace and technology continues to develop, employers are more prone to police an employee?s use of such technology to prevent abuse.

Many employers have established usage policies wherein they periodically monitor their employees e-mail. Employers monitoring of e-mail has given rise to lawsuits for invasion of privacy, however, courts routinely dismiss such claims when employers inform employees in advance that they have no expectation of privacy when using the company?s e-mail system.

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