Computer Law/Personal file hacked and info distributed
Expert: Dan Pepper - 11/6/2012
Question My business partner accessed a folder stored on a company owned computer. She read and printed out sensitive personal emails and distributed them. These emails were not business related. Our company does not have a computer use policy nor do we monitor computer usage so I felt there was an expectation of privacy. Do I have any recourse against her?
Generally, any information stored on company equipment is the property of the company, and by extension, the company owners in their official capacity. With such easy access to the emails, there is a low expectation of privacy, especially if they were not password protected or otherwise secured. Unless there was some separate arrangment betweeen the pair of you, it sounds like you have a difficult argument claiming any sort of unauthorized access or violation of privacy rights. If you would like to discuss the situation further, feel free to contact me through my website at informationlaw.com
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