How long can a former employer keep checking your outlook work email after you have quit?

Asked on November 8, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Most probably indefinitelty. First of all, written company policies can defeat an employee’s expectation of privacy when it comes to the use of workplace technology. Additionally, e-mail systems belong to the employer, therefore unlike information stored on a hard drive or paper copy, an employer can access its own e-mail servers and the information contained there. Further, the employer can access the archives or backup of the e-mail servers.

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