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October 2003

Employee privacy rights: When is it OK to spy on employees?

It's Friday afternoon, and Lois, who works for a large brokerage house, prepares for a weekend filled with work. At home, she connects her laptop to a wireless 802.11b network. She uses a VPN to connect to the office, but it is, after all, the weekend, and she does a bit of Web surfing -- paying bills online, making airline reservations, reading the news and listening to music. When she returns to work on Monday, she is reprimanded, not for personal use of a company computer, but because of the content of her personal e-mails, or the type of Web pages visited. As an employee, do you have any expectation of privacy in what you do online in the office or while telecommuting? Can your employer read your corporate e-mail or capture and record every keystroke you enter on your company laptop, even if you use it at home? Expectation of Privacy The starting point for any analysis of workplace privacy rights is determining whether the employee has any legitimate expectation of privacy. The question isn't as simple as it may appear. ...

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