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Unformatted text preview: cooperated in catching the snoop. The bogus e-mail referred to “shrinking travel allowances.” The suspect took the bait, apparently using a co-worker’s password to view the e-mail. When he later mentioned the new travel rules, he was slapped with a reassignment back to Los Angeles, to an as-yet-undesignated job—probably writing obituaries, or so the rumormongers in your office have decided. The Los Angeles Times has always observed strict discipline with regard to journalistic ethics. But because journalists traditionally hold confidentiality in high regard, management assumed that e-mail privacy needed no special rules or enforcement policies. Clearly, that assumption was wrong. In the past, the company casually conveyed a list of commonsense e-mail guidelines such as not using the system for personal business; being aware that employee e-mail is not invisible to computer system administrators or even managers; not using derogatory language, obscenity, or copyrighted material; and so on. Now, a strict privacy policy will be added to...
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