eHandout 12 - Employee Eavesdropping

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Unformatted text preview: e ‐ Handout Business & Professional Ethics No. 12 Dr. David E. McClean Employer Eavesdropping – Legal or Not? • APRIL 23, 2009 Employers Watching Workers Online Spurs Privacy Debate By DIONNE SEARCEY By now, many employees are uncomfortably aware that their every keystroke at work, from email on office computers to text messages on company phones, can be monitored legally by their employers. What employees typically don't expect is for the company to spy on them while on password-protected sites using nonwork computers. But even that privacy could be in jeopardy. A case brewing in federal court in New Jersey pits bosses against two employees who were complaining about their workplace on an invite-only discussion group on MySpace.com, a social-networking site owned by News Corp., publisher of The Wall Street Journal. The case tests whether a supervisor who managed to log into the forum -- and then fired employees who badmouthed supervisors and customers there -- had the right to do so. The case has some legal and privacy experts concerned that companies are intruding into areas that their employees had considered off limits. "The question is whether employees have a right to privacy in their non-work-created communications with each other. And I would think the answer is that they do," said Floyd Abrams, a First Amendment expert and partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York. The legal landscape is murky. For the most part, employers don't need a reason to fire nonunion workers....
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course PHIL 201 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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