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It is ethical to look at the users email?

By jgtez ·
Hi, If I'm the manager of the mail server, it is ethical to look at the users email to detect porno or content that can damage the bussines?

TIA

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Whose business is it to look?

by tpolitowski In reply to It is ethical to look at ...

Protecting the business is the responsibility of the security and risk group (or the executive team). Emails sent by employees that jeapordize the organization - sexual and racial harassment (jokes, pictures, etc.), theft of intellectual property, leaks of plans and results, and release of confidential information could also compromise compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley section 404, Graham-Leach-Bliley Act, HIPAA, etc.

The right solution is to give security/legal/HR a tool to search archived emails and have automated reports go to each department manager to allow them to identify and drill into suspicious activity. The email administrator should only respond to requests for information.

Take a look at MailMeter - www.mailmeter.com.

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i do not think so

by degwell In reply to It is ethical to look at ...

As an email admin i share your pain i tell you porn is so addictive i have administered an email server in a church an there were some black sheep.. however the fact about viewing users email...its abit of a thorny issue iwould suggest you institute a policy on content viewed or browsed and put sanctions on offenders. to really be honest its a very thorny issue
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