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Leagal issue with SPAM

By davidr ·
If a company has the tools to block the majority of SPAM, but is incline not to use it, are there any legal issues if a user on the email system is offended by a received SPAM email?

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A hostile work environment

by AV . In reply to Leagal issue with SPAM

I haven't heard of any legal precedent set if someone personally receives an unsolicited spam that they are offended by. No SPAM filter is 100% and it is their choice to open the email or not.

I do know of several cases bought against companies where people have sued because someone else receives offensive SPAM and uses it as wallpaper or forwards it to others, for example. I know of cases where someone has a hard drive full of dirty jokes, porn, etc., where they have lost their jobs. All of that creates a hostile work environment.

I can't believe any company today that uses email would not use SPAM filtering. Thats just asking for trouble. A good email and Internet policy that employees have acknowledged in writing is the best recourse for a company. Employees need to know their limits and what to expect of their employer's systems.

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