Not only are employers in most cases permitted to monitor employee’s workplace computer activities, but today’s technology makes it extremely easy to do so. Often motivated by litigation concerns as much as the desire to evaluate worker productivity, many employers monitor all aspects of employee’s computer work station, including email and Internet browsing history. Generally, these policies will likely be discussed:
Although some states have established laws granting employees privacy in certain areas of the office, desks and computer terminals are not included. Since company networks and terminals are property of your employer, it has access to them always (this includes using a work laptop at home). Some of the common types of computer monitoring include:
In the majority of cases, workplace communications are not private. Courts have recently found that employees are not entitled to e-mail privacy. If you are writing from an e-mail account which was given to you by your company, your employer owns the messages you write and receive. Furthermore, your company may:
Most likely, your employer can access all the email messages that have moved through its network. Therefore, your company may be able to track your electronic communications even if you:
If you have concerns about your company’s privacy policies, or if you have been terminated because of workplace communications, you should contact an employment lawyer. A skilled employment attorney can notify you of your privacy rights and if you have any legal recourse against your employer.
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