Is it legal for me to read the emails of an employee?

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Is it legal for me to read the emails of an employee?

It is a company account.

Asked on December 8, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

As a general rule, employees have no right to or expectation of privacy when using a work computer to write or receive email. In fact, it makes no difference and does not matter when the emails were sent or that they used a personal account to receive them. If they were using their email account on a work computer, you as their employer have the right to look at them. If employees want privacy in their on-line life, they are best advised to use their home computer, not the one at work.

Note: Publicly disseminating their private information may cause you to violate certain of their rights. So be careful with what you do with any information that you may read.


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