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Monitoring Personal E-mail Accounts On Company Computers

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In this economy, it's imperative that employees are at the top of their productivity game. The company's survival depends on it. One of the most insidious drains on employee productivity is access to the Internet. More specifically, access to personal, web-based e-mail accounts. The fact that an employee accesses such an e-mail account using their work computer trumps the fact that the e-mail account is personal in nature, and thus, makes those e-mails fair game for their employer's monitoring eyes. Or does it? Find out how far you can go when it comes to monitoring employees' use of such accounts.


Generally speaking, messages sent on public e-mail systems are afforded greater privacy protections than those that are sent on completely "internal" company e-mail systems. That doesn't mean you may not have a company policy that reserves the right to monitor personal e-mail accounts accessed via company equipment. ...(register to read more)

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