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Old January 16th, 2009, 07:20 AM   #1
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A few guys at work are wondering if it is legal for someone to read any email that goes through the companies' server. I was under the impression that email was treated like mail and the only one legally able to read it is the intended recipient.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 07:32 AM   #2
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i believe they can.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 07:33 AM   #3
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I believe the company can monitor everything because it not "private".
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Old January 16th, 2009, 07:37 AM   #4
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Speaking from experience (I am a network administrator) the answer is YES, they are totally with in their rights to monitor everything. All Emails, any IM's any files on your pc, web browsing history etc.
And it happens way more often than you think.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 07:45 AM   #5
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I'm in IT, and yes we can legally read any and all email within our company server. We publish this in the company policy guide, and have a pop-up message that states we have the right to do so every time a user logs into the network.

"To employees of Soave Enterprises, its divisions and affiliated entities"
at (10,4) "(collectively, the Company). All messages created, sent, or retrieved"
at (11,4) "over the internet are property of the Company and may be regarded as"
at (12,4) "public information. Soave Enterprises, its divisions and affiliated"
at (13,4) "entities reserve the right to access the contents of any messages sent"
at (14,4) "over its facilities if the company believes, in its sole judgement, that"
at (15,4) "it has a business need to do so. All communications, including text and"
at (16,4) "images, can be disclosed to law enforcement or other third parties without"
at (17,4) "prior consent of the sender or the receiver."
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Old January 16th, 2009, 07:58 AM   #6
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Old January 16th, 2009, 08:01 AM   #7
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I'm in IT, and yes we can legally read any and all email within our company server. We publish this in the company policy guide, and have a pop-up message that states we have the right to do so every time a user logs into the network.

"To employees of Soave Enterprises, its divisions and affiliated entities"
at (10,4) "(collectively, the Company). All messages created, sent, or retrieved"
at (11,4) "over the internet are property of the Company and may be regarded as"
at (12,4) "public information. Soave Enterprises, its divisions and affiliated"
at (13,4) "entities reserve the right to access the contents of any messages sent"
at (14,4) "over its facilities if the company believes, in its sole judgement, that"
at (15,4) "it has a business need to do so. All communications, including text and"
at (16,4) "images, can be disclosed to law enforcement or other third parties without"
at (17,4) "prior consent of the sender or the receiver."
same where i work, I have to agree to it every time i sign on to my computer
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Old January 16th, 2009, 08:05 AM   #8
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The computer, server and I-net belongs to your company, they can read whatever they want. I was also told that I because I have a company phone that they can go review all my text messages if they had a reason to.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #9
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I was also told that I because I have a company phone that they can go review all my text messages if they had a reason to.
yea, Kwame found that out the hard way.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 01:16 PM   #10
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They can monitor it all provided they make you aware they are monitoring it
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Old January 16th, 2009, 01:33 PM   #11
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They can monitor it all provided they make you aware they are monitoring it
Negative.

It's their network. They can do whatever they want with it. You chose to bring personal things in to THEIR network. It is perfectly justifiable for them to view it. You're most likely on a company computer, in a company building if they're worried about it, don't do it.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 01:41 PM   #12
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Right, if you have a handbook, its probably in there. The network belongs to the company. The computer belongs to the company. They can watch as they please.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 01:50 PM   #13
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I had a situation early last year, where the company went into my personal email account. even though i viewed my account at work, they opened and viewed emails i never did.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 05:17 PM   #14
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Business email is property of the business.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 05:23 PM   #15
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Business email is property of the business.
Yep..they can monitor IM's too.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 06:00 PM   #16
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Yep..they can monitor IM's too.
Yup, the data is being transferred across their network.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 07:29 PM   #17
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If you were doing your job, you wouldn't have to worry about it.
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Old January 17th, 2009, 02:58 AM   #18
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If you were doing your job, you wouldn't have to worry about it.
same usual ignorant remark, imagine that. Thanks old timer, perhaps I should work 9-5, from the office too! It's old people stuck in these ways that make it harder for responsible people to work intelligently remotely. These tend to be the same shits who spend all of their time arranging football pools over the fax machine at work.

Some of us are allowed to explore the interwebs from work, especially on break...

You know there's actually case law that says it's okay to view news from work? ...

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Old January 17th, 2009, 05:10 AM   #19
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If you were doing your job, you wouldn't have to worry about it.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's ok to email people at break time.
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Old January 17th, 2009, 07:26 AM   #20
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My POS forman thinks reading the company mail is for for break time only. I actually had a manger write me up for reading my mail on double time, he said I wasted ten minutes. the trick is I was reading the crap HE sent me.
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