I Spy Something Read! Employer Monitoring of Personal Employee Webmail Accounts

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Volume 5, Issue 1 (Jun 2012)

This Recent Development focuses on a specific type of surveillance: private employers’ monitoring of their employees’ personal webmail accounts, such as Yahoo or Hotmail. First, this Recent Development reviews two recent district court decisions that involve employee use of web-based e-mail accounts at work. The Recent Development then argues that given the unsettled state of the law of employer e-mail surveillance of webmail, the courts should expand the laws allowing employer monitoring to explicitly include personal employee webmail accounts accessed by employees on company computer networks or Internet connections.

Kevin W. Chapman, Recent Development, I Spy Something Read! Employer Monitoring of Personal Employee Webmail Accounts, 5 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 121 (2003), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/10_5NCJLTech1212003-2004.pdf.

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