Increasingly, 'Big Brother' Is The Boss

Law360 (June 5, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- U.S. companies are increasingly monitoring their employees' e-mail and Internet use to help prevent the loss of confidential data, limit their exposure to lawsuits and find out who is wasting time or viewing obscene material at work.

Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, employers have the right to monitor all e-mail and other communications sent from company property. A survey released last month by Proofpoint Inc. revealed that 29% of U.S. respondents employed staff to do just that and an additional 15% intend to employ such staff in the future.

The survey, which was compiled by interviewing 424 companies with 1,000...

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