Privacy, E-mail, and Information Policy: Where Ethics Meets Reality

Jeffery A. Thompson, Karl L. Smart

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Although the use of e-mail is prevalent, few articles address the legal and ethical implications of e-mail monitoring. The paper argues that managerial monitoring of e-mail is ethically questionable because of its potential to violate privacy rights. After examining the legal guidelines related to e-mail monitoring, the article explores the ethical considerations surrounding this type of monitoring. Privacy issues and implications for management are addressed. The paper also offers suggestions for organizations that choose to monitor employees' e-mail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-164
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1995
Externally publishedYes


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