In-house lawyers can add another item to their ever-growing list of cybersecurity concerns: spymail.

Spymail is email enabled with tracking devices. It allows senders to know who opened their emails, what links were clicked, the time the email was opened, the location, and even if the email gets forwarded. These tracking devices can simply be images embedded into an email’s body, and the images can be large and obvious or just one pixel in size. Almost a decade ago, Hewlett-Packard bugged outgoing email to find out who was leaking board room information. The California Attorney General filed criminal charges against HP’s former counsel and ethics director Kevin Hunsaker, who knew about the scheme. A judge later dismissed the charges, saying the affair amounted to “boardroom politics and a betrayal of trust and honor, rather than criminal activity.”

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