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Keeping email safe in the EU

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Executive Summary

The speed and convenience of email have made it the most commonly used form of commercial communication. These features also potentially increase the legal risks for business since without proper tools it is difficult to exercise control over the contents of emails and their generation, use and storage. Businesses should take care to prevent the threat of spam, and should be particularly vigilant about the risk of leakage of company secrets through deliberate or accidental disclosures. The impact of the legal risks described above can be significantly reduced by the efficient use of technologies to enhance the security, privacy, and archiving of email correspondence. This report examines the regulatory regime in the EU, the United Kingdom, France and Germany relating to the use and storage of emails and the legal risks that may result from unintentional or deliberate misuse.

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