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I think my boss is reading my personal e-mails at work. The issue is that I have been going back and forth with this guy I am dating and things have gotten pretty hot, electronically. Is my employer legally allowed to look through these letters? While one might argue that an employee can reasonably expect some level of privacy in their personal e-mails generated on the work computer, employees have virtually no such rights, even if you are accessing your e-mail on your own accounts but using the employers' computer server.

Duane A Lillehaug
1220 Main Ave, Ste 105, P.O. Box 2103
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Personal Injury, Employment, Business, Insurance
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University of North Dakota School of Law,North Dakota State University
State Licensing
Minnesota

Gregor, Shanon M - Nilles Law Firm
(701) 237-5544
201 North 5th Street
Fargo, ND

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Schoenwald, Bruce A - Stefanson Law
(218) 236-1925
403 Center Avenue
Moorhead, MN

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David James Eilertson
(701) 451-8342
4776 28th Av S
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Employment, Estate Planning, Real Estate
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University of North Dakota School of Law,Concordia College
State Licensing
Minnesota

Page, Adele - Page Law Firm LLC
(701) 237-3423
One North 2nd Street
Fargo, ND

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David James Eilertson
(701) 451-8342
4776 28th Av S
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Employment, Estate Planning, Real Estate
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University of North Dakota School of Law,Concordia College
State Licensing
Minnesota

Page, Adele - Page Law Firm LLC
(701) 237-3423
One North 2nd Street
Fargo, ND

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Joshua P Fershee
(701) 777-2261
Univ. Of N. Dakota School Of Law, 215 Centennial Dr, Stop 9003
Grand Forks, ND
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Tulane University Law School
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Duane A Lillehaug
1220 Main Ave, Ste 105, P.O. Box 2103
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Personal Injury, Employment, Business, Insurance
Education
University of North Dakota School of Law,North Dakota State University
State Licensing
Minnesota

Gregor, Shanon M - Nilles Law Firm
(701) 237-5544
201 North 5th Street
Fargo, ND

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Q: I think my boss is reading my personal e-mails at work. The issue is that I have been going back and forth with this guy I am dating and things have gotten pretty hot, electronically. Is my employer legally allowed to look through these letters?

 

While one might argue that an employee can reasonably expect some level of privacy in their personal e-mails generated on the work computer, employees have virtually no such rights, even if you are accessing your e-mail on your own accounts but using the employers' computer server. If you want to send personal e-mails, jokes and links to content, your employer generally has the right to access any of those materials unless their e-mail/internet usage policy has specifically set forth a reasonable expectation of privacy in those communications, or the employer acts in a manner indicating to the employees that they would enjoy such privacy. To be safe, you must assume that any e-mail you send is or can be reviewed by your employer.

Most employers usually do not review employee's e-mails unless there is some indication of abuse such as complaints about improper communications and/or a tracking system that indicates excessive internet usage. But the law is certainly more favorable to the employer than the employee in this arena. The best way to ascertain your right to e-mail privacy is by closely reading your employer's personnel manual regarding e-mail usage and policies, which courts require need be clearly and well communicated. Of course, disputes over whether such policies are clearly communicated generally arise after the "milk has been spilled," and it is not worth risking your privacy and possibly your employment because of improper use of your e-mail system.

A good rule of thumb is to save the personal communication for your own personal communication devices and accounts, as employers rightfully can expect that their employees are working on employer related matters while using employer owned equipment.

DISCLAIMER: This publication is distributed with the understanding that it does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney/client relationship by way of any information contained herein. The information provided is for general purposes only, as readers are advised to consult with a qualified lawyer regarding the specifics of their particular circumstances.


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