How To Avoid Potential Liability For Monitoring Employee E-mail And Internet Usage

As indicated in the summary entitled “Employees’ Privacy Rights and the Use of the Internet: Source of the Right to Privacy,” monitoring employees’ email and Internet usage is a necessity. However, due to risks of privacy actions, the introduction of monitoring devices should not been conducted before appropriate steps are taken.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What should employers do to avoid potential liability for monitoring employee e-mail and Internet usage?
What should this policy say?
What other useful provisions should this policy include?
How should monitoring be approached?
Should the employees give their consent?

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