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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.

Katherine R Witherspoon
(302) 658-2100
4001 KENNETT PIKE, STE 316
Greenville, DE
Specialties
Employment, Education
Education
New York University School of Law
State Licensing
Delaware

Richard R Wier Jr.
(302) 888-3222
TWO MILL ROAD, SUITE 200
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Government, Business, Employment
Education
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law,University of Pennsylvania Law School,Hamilton Co
State Licensing
Delaware

Jeffrey K Martin
(302) 777-4681
1508 PENNSYLVANIA AVE.
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Employment
Education
Lafayette College,United States Military Academy,Rutgers University School of Law
State Licensing
Delaware

Thomas S Neuberger
(302) 655-0582
2 East 7th Street, Suite 302
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Employment
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,Saint Joseph's University,University of Delaware
State Licensing
Delaware

William R Stewart III
(302) 652-3611
1001 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 202
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Litigation, Insurance, Employment
Education
Widener University School of Law,La Salle University
State Licensing
Delaware

Natalie Marie Ippolito
(302) 652-1200
2201 W. 11th Street
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Car Accident, Construction, Defective & Dangerous Products, Slip and Fall Accident, Employment
Education
Widener University School of Law,Widener University
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Michelle Allen
(302) 888-3222
2 MILL ROAD SUITE 200
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Government, Business, Employment
Education
Widener University School of Law,Trinity College
State Licensing
Delaware

Monica A Horton
(302) 552-4377
NEW CASTLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 500 N. KING STREET, STE. 9450
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Health Care, Employment, Medical Malpractice
State Licensing
Delaware

Raeann Warner
(302) 655-0582
2 East 7th Street, Suite 302
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Employment
Education
Widener University School of Law,Florida State University
State Licensing
Delaware

James J Sullivan Jr.
(302) 552-4202
1000 WEST STREET, SUITE 1410, P.O. BOX 8791
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Employment, Health Care, Appeals
State Licensing
Delaware

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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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