When is a private email not a private email?


Meera Chature Sankhari

Many company employees see their work computer and email as extensions of those they use at home, but they may be wrong to do so, says Meera Chature Sankhari.

An employee’s private life often intersects with the workplace through personal phone calls, personal emails, etc. It is also likely that an employee will store personal information and data on the employer’s computer system or other resources in the workplace.

This raises several concerns for the employer, including:

• The need to clean computer systems and resources frequently of non-work related material or data in order maximise space for official work

Internet, employee, emails, privacy, ECPA, SCA