Unions jump on lack of email privacy
Fri, 09 Oct 1998 13:46:35 +1000
Nice to know the Unions are on top of this issue.
Unions urge regulation of e-mail taps
Fri, 9 Oct 1998
Unions are calling on the Carr Government to regulate phone and
e-mail taps in the workplace.
The New South Wales Labour Council says it has received numerous
complaints about employers intercepting staff e-mails and telephone
It will ask the Industrial Relations Minister, Jeff Shaw, to
consider ways to protect the rights and privacy of workers, at the
same time ensuring staff have a clear understanding of their
Council secretary Michael Costa says e-mails are a modern form of
"We've had evidence that private e-mails, what the employee regarded
as private e-mails, have been used as part of disciplinary
procedures," Mr Costa said.
"The reaction was outrage - the same reaction that any sensible
human being living in the electronic age would have where what they
believed was private communication then becomes public
Email appeals to my view of life as a contest for connections to
others. When I see that I have 15 messages, I feel loved.
-- Deborah Tannen.