An employer's decision to dig through an employee's e-mails in computer storage does not violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act since the law bans an "interception" only if it occurs at the time of transmission and exempts an e-mail system owner from claims alleging illegal "seizure" of stored e-mails, the 3rd Circuit has ruled. Since the plaintiff's e-mails were stored on the company's computer system, any search by the company was authorized, the court found.
Federal Law Allows Employer's Search of Worker's E-Mails
The Legal Intelligencer
December 12, 2003
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