E-Mail and Internet Privacy at Work
E-Mail and Internet IssuesCyber-loafing accounts for 30% to40% of lost worker productivity.
E-Mail and Internet IssuesAs much as 70% of traffic on pornsites occurs during work hours.
E-Mail and Internet IssuesCheck your company’s policy one-mail and Internet use at work.
Employer Policies
Employer PoliciesBe aware of your company’s employeeconduct policy.
Employer PoliciesYour company reserves the right toread and monitor all communicationsmade by employees at work.
Employer PoliciesAn employee conduct policy restrictspersonal use of company property to“reasonable” use.
Employer PoliciesSome companies prohibit any personaluse, which is perfectly legal.
Employer PoliciesThe use of company resourcesis subject to the company’sno-harassment andno-discrimination policies.
Employer PoliciesNearly three-fourths of majorU.S. companies are recording andreviewing some aspect of theiremployees’ com...
Employer PoliciesAbout 40% of companies are usingWeb-monitoring software to recordand track employees’ Web activities.
The Law
The LawThe courts have generally upheld anemployer’s right to review or monitortheir employees’ use of Internet ande-mail.
The LawEmployees don’t have an expectation ofprivacy even when the company assuresit will not intercept communications.
The LawBecause all communication equipmentbelongs to the employer, it has theright to access and review informationon it.
Lawsuits
LawsuitsA major newspaper fired 23employees for e-mailing distastefuljokes.
LawsuitsA major chemical company fired 50workers and disciplined 200 more fortransmitting pornography throughemployee e-ma...
LawsuitsWork-related e-mails on someone’shome computer were subpoenaed in alawsuit involving a major airline.
LawsuitsE-mail has become one of the richestsources of information used againstemployers and managers in lawsuits.
LawsuitsE-mail that contains discriminatory orsexually harassing material isbecoming commonplace at work.
LawsuitsIt generally takes more than onee-mail to support a claim of a hostileenvironment in a court of law.
Productivity: A Big Issue
Productivity: A Big IssueAs many as 70% of a leadingbrokerage firm’s customers do theironline trading from their office de...
Productivity: A Big IssueProductivity could potentially becomethe biggest casualty of indiscriminateInternet use.
Productivity: A Big IssueKnow and stay within your company’sguidelines for e-mail and Internet use.
Productivity: A Big IssueBe aware that e-mail and Internet usecan add up and eventually show up inyour company’s monitorin...
Productivity: A Big IssueCheck your company policy forguidelines of e-mail and Internet use.
Productivity: A Big IssueTake personal responsibility for howyou spend your time.
Using Others’ Equipment
Using Others’ EquipmentNever log on to a system as someoneelse.
Using Others’ EquipmentNever log on to someone else’s harddrive or access his or her systemwithout approval.
Summary of Risks
Summary of RisksIt is your responsibility to examine thecontents of your communications.
Summary of RisksEnsure your communications do notviolate the policies of your employer.
Summary of RisksBe aware that anything that passesthrough your fingertips intocyberspace may be discovered.
Summary of RisksYour employer owns your e-mail andInternet resources and can legally usethem to find out information about...
Summary of RisksYour employer’s resources are to beused productively.
Summary of RisksRedirecting those resources excessivelytowards personal use not aligned withthe company’s goal may result ...
Staying Out of Trouble
Staying Out of TroubleRead your company’s e-mail andInternet policy.
Staying Out of TroubleAssume your boss is reading youre-mail or looking over your Web usage.
Staying Out of TroubleDo not send jokes or subscribe to a jokelist at work.
Staying Out of TroubleStart limiting your time spent onpersonal usage of the Web, includinge-mail.
Staying Out of TroubleAvoid emotional comments andsarcasm. Focus on objective, verifiablefacts.
Staying Out of TroubleDo not e-mail employee problems tohuman resources or management. Callinstead.
The Family TestAsk yourself whether you’d be sayingor doing the same thing in front ofyour family.
The Newspaper TestWould you say or do the same thingeven if it was published on the frontpage of the newspaper?
Staying Out of TroubleNearly one-third of companies in a pollhave fired workers for improperInternet use, and two-thirds h...
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  1. 1. E-Mail and Internet Privacy at Work
  2. 2. E-Mail and Internet IssuesCyber-loafing accounts for 30% to40% of lost worker productivity.
  3. 3. E-Mail and Internet IssuesAs much as 70% of traffic on pornsites occurs during work hours.
  4. 4. E-Mail and Internet IssuesCheck your company’s policy one-mail and Internet use at work.
  5. 5. Employer Policies
  6. 6. Employer PoliciesBe aware of your company’s employeeconduct policy.
  7. 7. Employer PoliciesYour company reserves the right toread and monitor all communicationsmade by employees at work.
  8. 8. Employer PoliciesAn employee conduct policy restrictspersonal use of company property to“reasonable” use.
  9. 9. Employer PoliciesSome companies prohibit any personaluse, which is perfectly legal.
  10. 10. Employer PoliciesThe use of company resourcesis subject to the company’sno-harassment andno-discrimination policies.
  11. 11. Employer PoliciesNearly three-fourths of majorU.S. companies are recording andreviewing some aspect of theiremployees’ communications.
  12. 12. Employer PoliciesAbout 40% of companies are usingWeb-monitoring software to recordand track employees’ Web activities.
  13. 13. The Law
  14. 14. The LawThe courts have generally upheld anemployer’s right to review or monitortheir employees’ use of Internet ande-mail.
  15. 15. The LawEmployees don’t have an expectation ofprivacy even when the company assuresit will not intercept communications.
  16. 16. The LawBecause all communication equipmentbelongs to the employer, it has theright to access and review informationon it.
  17. 17. Lawsuits
  18. 18. LawsuitsA major newspaper fired 23employees for e-mailing distastefuljokes.
  19. 19. LawsuitsA major chemical company fired 50workers and disciplined 200 more fortransmitting pornography throughemployee e-mail.
  20. 20. LawsuitsWork-related e-mails on someone’shome computer were subpoenaed in alawsuit involving a major airline.
  21. 21. LawsuitsE-mail has become one of the richestsources of information used againstemployers and managers in lawsuits.
  22. 22. LawsuitsE-mail that contains discriminatory orsexually harassing material isbecoming commonplace at work.
  23. 23. LawsuitsIt generally takes more than onee-mail to support a claim of a hostileenvironment in a court of law.
  24. 24. Productivity: A Big Issue
  25. 25. Productivity: A Big IssueAs many as 70% of a leadingbrokerage firm’s customers do theironline trading from their office desks.
  26. 26. Productivity: A Big IssueProductivity could potentially becomethe biggest casualty of indiscriminateInternet use.
  27. 27. Productivity: A Big IssueKnow and stay within your company’sguidelines for e-mail and Internet use.
  28. 28. Productivity: A Big IssueBe aware that e-mail and Internet usecan add up and eventually show up inyour company’s monitoring system.
  29. 29. Productivity: A Big IssueCheck your company policy forguidelines of e-mail and Internet use.
  30. 30. Productivity: A Big IssueTake personal responsibility for howyou spend your time.
  31. 31. Using Others’ Equipment
  32. 32. Using Others’ EquipmentNever log on to a system as someoneelse.
  33. 33. Using Others’ EquipmentNever log on to someone else’s harddrive or access his or her systemwithout approval.
  34. 34. Summary of Risks
  35. 35. Summary of RisksIt is your responsibility to examine thecontents of your communications.
  36. 36. Summary of RisksEnsure your communications do notviolate the policies of your employer.
  37. 37. Summary of RisksBe aware that anything that passesthrough your fingertips intocyberspace may be discovered.
  38. 38. Summary of RisksYour employer owns your e-mail andInternet resources and can legally usethem to find out information aboutyou.
  39. 39. Summary of RisksYour employer’s resources are to beused productively.
  40. 40. Summary of RisksRedirecting those resources excessivelytowards personal use not aligned withthe company’s goal may result intermination.
  41. 41. Staying Out of Trouble
  42. 42. Staying Out of TroubleRead your company’s e-mail andInternet policy.
  43. 43. Staying Out of TroubleAssume your boss is reading youre-mail or looking over your Web usage.
  44. 44. Staying Out of TroubleDo not send jokes or subscribe to a jokelist at work.
  45. 45. Staying Out of TroubleStart limiting your time spent onpersonal usage of the Web, includinge-mail.
  46. 46. Staying Out of TroubleAvoid emotional comments andsarcasm. Focus on objective, verifiablefacts.
  47. 47. Staying Out of TroubleDo not e-mail employee problems tohuman resources or management. Callinstead.
  48. 48. The Family TestAsk yourself whether you’d be sayingor doing the same thing in front ofyour family.
  49. 49. The Newspaper TestWould you say or do the same thingeven if it was published on the frontpage of the newspaper?
  50. 50. Staying Out of TroubleNearly one-third of companies in a pollhave fired workers for improperInternet use, and two-thirds have had todo some disciplining.
  51. 51. E-Mail and Internet Privacy at Work

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