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					How Ethical is Monitoring Employees’ Email?
Jessica Tait and Jennifer Lee INCD-240-01 Assignment #5

Ethical Issues
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Reading employees’ emails Privacy Monitoring websites

Employer’s Perspective
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Not working while being paid Non-work related activities
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Gambling Chain emails Shopping Online banking

Employer’s Perspective (cont’d)
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Company owned equipment Employer’s responsibility Slows network Clogs memory Exposure to viruses

Employees’ Perspective
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Respect privacy Urgent personal matters Work is completed Intruding personal life

Employees’ Perspective (cont’d)
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No harm Privacy policy Taking a break Low morale

Present Laws
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Fourth Amendment Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 Individual state laws

Case Law Legislation-Example 1
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Smith vs. Pillsbury
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Interception of e-mails Privacy Threats

Case Law Legislation-Example 2
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Nissan vs. Bourke
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Sexually explicit emails Bad performance Expectation of privacy

Case Law Legislation-Example 3
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Shoars vs. Epson
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Rights of higher management Appropriate consequences

Monitoring Not Ethical
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Unfair to employees Bad atmosphere Privacy/ respect


				
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