Firms Monitor Outgoing Email

Posted on July 12, 2004

A new study from security software provider Proofpointfirms found that 43% of companies are reading more outbound email than ever. The study also found that firms have employees that monitor these emails and over 20% of firms also monitor outgoing instant messages. While some of this activity is dedicated to scanning outgoing email for viruses, it does raise privacy concern for employees.

On the other hand, many companies have been monitoring employee phone calls for some time now, which should also raise privacy concerns for employees. Employees should probably assume their phone and online activity is behind monitored while they are at the office.

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