[LINK] Could employers ban personal email?
Thu, 30 Nov 2000 11:44:12 +1100
Could employers ban personal email?
By ZDNet Asia
30 November 2000
The British Chamber of Commerce has warned that employers may ban workers
from sending personal emails to avoid legal liability, in light of a draft
code of practice from the UK Data Protection Commission.
The warning follows a tribunal ruling, which upheld a company's decision to
sack two employees for wasting resources by distributing joke emails. The
BCC says that companies could resort to banning all personal email use
"This comes amid growing confusion for employers," says a BCC spokesman.
"There have been suggestions that [companies] may stop workers sending
personal email. There is the possibility that this could happen if the code
comes in as it stands."
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Do they mean "employers may ban workers from using company email systems"
employers may ban workers from sending personal emails?
Suppose my company uses Outlook but I use an ISP for my personal email and
a web interface to send and receive personal mail.
Would I be at risk, assuming my company implemented a "you must not use the
company email system for personal emails" policy?
If the company was a real pain, it could charge me with using their
electricity etc. But I doubt that I would work for such a organisation.
Must a corporation be a place where a man's spirit dies while the company
prospers? If so, then it is nothing but a giant slave ship, with each
worker chained to the oar.
-- Kuniyasu Sakai.