The E-Policy Handbook: Rules and Best Practices to Safely Manage Your Company's E-Mail, Blogs, Social Networking, and Other Electronic Communication Tools

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CHAPTER 24
Q0026A: Answers to
Employees2019 Most Commonly
Asked e-Policy and Privacy
Questions

Establishing or updating a corporate e-policy program provides employ- ers with the ideal opportunity to educate employees about electronic risks, rights, and rules. Yet, only 42 percent of employers conduct the e-policy training, according to the 2006 Workplace E-Mail, Instant Mes- saging 0026 Blog Survey from American Management Association and ePolicy Institute.1 Consequently, many users are not only ill informed, but also they are likely to make career-shattering errors when it comes to electronic policy, privacy, monitoring, compliance, and other impor- tant issues.

The following list of frequently asked questions and answers is of- fered to help clarify employees2019 understanding of workplace risks and thereby shape more appropriate electronic behavior both at the office and at home. In addition, employers are encouraged to incorporate a similar Q0026A into their organizations2019 own formal e-policy training pro- grams.

Q. Isn2019t it illegal for my employer to read my e-mail?

A. No, it is not illegal. In the United States, the ECPA makes clear the fact that an employer-provided computer system is the property of the employer. As such, the company

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