Employees’ Privacy Rights And The Use Of The Internet: Source Of The Right To Privacy

Employers are legitimately concerned about employees’ use of the Internet in the workplace. Besides wasting the company’s time by surfing on recreational sites, employees might create liability by exchanging improper emails or other material (e.g.: pornographic, racist, sexual harassment, etc.) Monitoring employees is therefore a necessity, but before putting a monitoring device in place, the employer should be cognizant of the basic legal privacy principles.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What does Federal law say?
Does this law apply to computer use in the workplace?
Are there any exceptions?
What does California law say?
What rules apply under common law?

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