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Employee Privacy Report

1108 words - 5 pages

Karen Saucedo
Week 5 Individual Assignment
Employee Privacy Report
COMM 285
June, 13 2011

Just about every business these days runs off of using the internet and email. Whether it is to communicate with people within the office, or people on the other side of the world, email is usually the main source of communication. Just about every company has their own policies on how their employees can use the internet, some companies have a very limited policy, while other companies are very strict, and certain usage can lead up to termination. It is important to make sure there is a policy in place to make sure the company has leverage when it comes to any illegal use, and aside ...view middle of the document...

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When it comes to email, there is no “privacy” to the word. There may be a delete button that gives you access to remove the message from your personal inbox, but there are still numerous copies out there that can be accessed. Unlike phone calls, where you have to take legal matters to recorded calls, emails can be very easily accessed. There are a few federal laws that are out there to give people their privacy with email, be even that does not guarantee privacy. There is an Electronic Communications Privacy Act that is supposed to protect people from accessing emails, but that is only good for 120 days. After that time period, there is nothing to protect another person from accessing the email. So whether it is work related, or even personal, one should always make sure they think twice before they send an email out.
When an employee is hired at a new business, there is usually some kind of internet and email policy that is signed. Most of these policies do state that emails can only be sent and received throughout the organization, and since these messages are being sent from the company’s equipment, they have every right to know what is being sent out as well as received. There have been a few cases where an employee feels their privacy had been invaded when the company looked through their business email, but even when it has been taken to a court level, the judges do not find that there is a reasonable case. Even though there was no agreement signed, they still believe that that emails sent at work are considered property of the office environment.

It is very important to make sure that there is some kind of policy in place for a business for liability reasons. It is very easy for harassment to be taken place through email. And with the company monitoring emails, they can make sure there is no harassment taking place, which in time, avoids a law suit. There are some programs that can detect what is being...

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