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First, I am NOT an attorney so I cannot offer legal advice, and you should seek advice within the state where you live/work. However, it has been my experience that the company, not the individual, would be held accountable for the actions of an employee when directed by the organization and using company resources. Work-place privacy (or lack thereof) has been a hotly debated issue and it does not look as though this issue will slow. You may want to draft up a formal request for development and implementation of a Privacy and Monitoring Policy. Also, there could be implications for your company if they need to comply with the EU Directive or Safe Harbor, which require privacy safeguards. Other reasons for setting policies include:
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