Personal Email at Work: What Expectation of Privacy?

September 09, 2013
Millions of Americans daily use their work email accounts, computer networks and smartphones to send and receive personal messages. Most do so without seriously considering whether their employers permit or prohibit such non-business and unofficial use of their work accounts, or whether their employers could or do monitor and review such messages and the implications of such a right to monitor. Indeed, given the hours spent at work and the ubiquitous nature of electronic messages as a mode of communication, it would be virtually impossible for many employees not to use their work accounts for personal messages.