One step closer to the emergence of Big Brother

By xerocube | December 1, 2006

I just read this article regarding US corporations having to now record and archive every IM and email generated by their employees for potential use during discovery periods of litigation. Maybe I misinterpreted what I read. From the article:

U.S. companies will need to keep track of all the e-mails, instant messages and other electronic documents generated by their employees thanks to new federal rules that go into effect Friday, legal experts say.

The rules, approved by the Supreme Court in April, require companies and other entities involved in federal litigation to produce “electronically stored information” as part of the discovery process, when evidence is shared by both sides before a trial.

The change makes it more important for companies to know what electronic information they have and where. Under the new rules, an information technology employee who routinely copies over a backup computer tape could be committing the equivalent of “virtual shredding,” said Alvin F. Lindsay, a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP and expert on technology and litigation.

I can understand why this is important and everything. I know that these situations are generally covered in the terms of use agreements signed by new hires. I just think that many people don’t actually realize what this truly means. Personal emails – archived. Personal IM’s – archived. Granted, you should always limit your personal use of business networks, but just be aware, the wires have ears… and they are not quick to forget.
Read the article here: My Way News

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