Ethical Issues 109 E-mail Privacy Have you ever written an important message, submitted your resume, or complained about your roommate over e-mail? Would you have handled it differently if you knew that strangers, administrators, or your roommate could read your message? Once a tool for only the most computer literate, today e-mail is a standard means of communication for millions of people. Many users, however, incorrectly assume that only those who are intended to read their correspondence have access to its content. With an illusion of privacy, people e-mail personal letters that they would never want anyone else to read, or send confidential information that could be compromising if it fell into the wrong hands. On its path from sender to recipient, e-mail travels from server to server and can be read more easily than a postcard. E-mail security has become the center of many debates that search for a common ground between individual rights, corporate rights, and computer technology. Many companies who rely on e-mail for much of their communication
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