No Privacy for Corporate E-Mail?
From firstname.lastname@example.org Thu Feb 29 20:53:03 1996, Volume 3.05, February 29, 1996
 Court Rules Against E-mail Privacy
A U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania ruled on January 18 that even if an employer promises not to intercept e-mail on a company system, there is not an expectation of privacy in the e-mail. The case underscores the question of whether the court system has an adequate understanding of the underlying technology.
According to the court, the employer repeatedly told its employees that “all e-mail communications would remain confidential and privileged” and that “email communications could not be used by [the company] against its employees as grounds for termination.” Even with that promise, the employer intercepted the communications of Michael Smyth and fired him. The court held that:
We do not find a reasonable expectation of privacy in email communications voluntarily made by an employee to his supervisor over the company email system notwithstanding any assurances by management. Once plaintiff communicated the alleged unprofessional comments to a second person over an email system which was apparently utilized by the entire company, any