email and privacy 3.11

email and privacy 3.11 - Email and Privacy Tuesday, March...

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Email and Privacy Tuesday, March 11, 2008 Email Privacy o No guarantee of email privacy Who reads email o Government o Third parties (ISP or curious individuals) o Private employers Smyth V Pillsbury o Pillsbury said email couldn’t be intercepted and is confidential The Termination o Smyth made threats and Pillsbury terminated him for inappropriate and unprofessional comments o Smyth sued Pillsbury for wrongful termination saying email was protected The precedent (drug testing programs) o Adopt a balancing test which balances the employees privacy interest against the employers interest No Expectation of privacy o We did not find a reasonable expectation of privacy in email communications voluntarily made by an employee to his supervisor over the company e-mail system Not highly offensive o We did not find that a reasonable person would consider the defendant’s interception of these communications to be a substantial and highly offensive invasion of privacy
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course COMM 259 taught by Professor Herbeck during the Spring '08 term at BC.

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