On Fri, 16 Mar 2001, John P . Looney wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 16, 2001 at 11:02:19AM -0500, Thomas Oconnor mentioned:
> > Guys do you know if it is legal for companies to monitor a pop 3 address if
> > there is personal information of mine going through it ?
>> Perfectly legal.
since when? this is the EU we live in, not the states, and our laws
are thankfully heavily influenced by countries like germany,
netherlands, etc... which have strong libertarian tendencies.
the american attitude of "if it goes through our computer it is our
property and we can therefore do what we want, including reading all
our employees email" does not hold here.
IIRC there was an European Court of Human Rights on this very issue in
99 (maybe 98) and IIRC they ruled something along the lines of that
employers must take reasonable measures to protect their employees
privacy. (hallo compaq...)
There is also new EU Data Protection legislation that has recently
fellow you replied to didn't give much details, but if his employer is
routinely intercepting personal comms of his and using that
information in any way that isn't neccessary for technical reasons,
then he might possibly have a case for privacy violation. IANAL.
anyway, this is the EU - not the states, thanks be to fsck...
> That's what encryption is for (also perfectly legal).
indeed. should all use it...
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