Email checking raises privacy issues



NEW technology is changing the way we live and work.

The odd thing is, all this new technology that is meant to save us time, often has businesses worrying how much time employees spend reading and writing personal emails.

The problem has brought the issue of email privacy to the fore.

However CQ Travel World manager Sandy Suter said they had worked out a system ? no personal emails.

'Most friends give up on sending personal emails because they don't get read,' Ms Suter said.

However, she said she had encountered problems sending emails to clients at their work email address.

'Sometimes bosses don't like their employees reading it,' she said. "It's more to do with their time.''

Despite this, Ms Suter said it would not change her reliance on email. ' "Email is great because you can get people at any time,' she said.

'I'm dealing with people in London at the moment.''

Her employee, travel consultant Andrea Williams, agreed with the policy.

'You shouldn't get personal emails sent to work. If you want that you should have a personal email account,' Ms Williams said.

The NSW government is implementing laws which would see employers facing criminal charges for reading employees' private emails.

IT consultant Adam Salmon, said software was available allowing employers to access employees' email, although the majority of businesses in Gladstone did not use it.

Larger businesses sometimes use the technology to check that employees aren't wasting their time, but rarely to check email content, he said.



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