Email Monitoring Can Be Illegal, OSC Tells Federal Agencies

Law360, Washington (June 21, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration and U.S. Office of Special Counsel warned federal agencies on Wednesday that computer monitoring programs may violate federal law if the information they glean is used to punish whistleblowers, months after just such allegations hit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The two-page OSC memorandum noted that while there might be a real need to monitor employees' computer usage, agency policies need to be carefully tailored to skirt legal issues arising from legitimate whistleblower actions. Whistleblowers are protected from retribution for alerting authorities...
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