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E-mail/Internet use: You have power to set, enforce policy

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THE LAW. Don't believe employees' claims about their desktop privacy. Current laws give your organization wide latitude to monitor and restrict employees' use of e-mail, the Internet and other computer use. And courts have typically supported those laws.

What laws come into play? While federal wiretap law bans intentional interception of wire, oral or electronic communication, the law allows a "business exception" if you can justify the monitoring for legitimate business needs or if you gain employees' consent for the monitoring. Most employers can meet this exception if they have a sound policy.

More recently, the Electronic Com-munications Protection Act (ECPA) amended older wiretap law to include e-mail and video teleconferences as part of the definition of "electronic communications." Plus, the Stored Wire and Electronic Communications and Trans-actional Records Access Act hands your organization the power to ac...(register to read more)

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