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      21.01.2010 18:48
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      I worked for the council a while back and they to had the right to monitor our emails , when i first took the job they informed me that his was in place , and so was computer activity, neither really bothered me. We did have access to the world wide web and most used this during lunch breaks to access their, ... say hotmail or yahoo account if they so wished to, Though i did not bother only because of the monitoring issue, there seemed no point really, I could do it either at home or on my phone, My work e-mail address i used only with in house so to speak , i only gave it to different employees within the council, and then it was only to pass work related messages to and from each other, I was not what you called a "jobsworth" I just did not see the point in using my work e-mail for outside the council communication, after all the only place i could access my e-mail account was within work. I know a lot of flirting goes on within the work place and relationships or affairs occur, and thats when things go a bit over the line, and they start messaging each other through the work place's terminal, This is where the problems start i guess, But with todays technology there really is no need to put your job on the line , if affairs happen ... and they often do then use your mobile text each other , or e-mail each other from the phone, as most of the mobiles on the market today have the facilities to do so. So i think it is ok for them to monitor all emails ,though i pity the person whom has to sit and read all the correspondence all day, but looking on the bright side of things if the emails are juicy then i guess that would break up the boring task. but then again that is how rumours start which could also lead to dismissal, But not to worry even yahoo and hotmail can easily be monitored too so don't think the work place is where it only happens, the FBI and C.I.A have programmes in place that monitor our emails, The FBI have a programme called " Carnivore" which when linked to the network you are operating will gather mass evidences that occurs through that network. along with the ISP you are using, that includes all emails dispatched as well as received by its users, the content of all the Web sites they visit, or entire messages conveyed through an Instant Messaging application, along with all other network behavior, too. C.I.A also have something similar in place that is part of In-Q-Tel, this will monitor everything you do, from updating you facebook status or your twitter page, and need i say your emails too and less we forget it will also record your activity on Amazon and even the virals you watch on you tube, Some might think this is all made up but I'm afraid it is not, I gather from the information that is out there on the web that these programmes in use by these agencies are programmed to pick up certain words or sentences, but you can never be too sure. If However you are being unfaithful or arranging a surprise party do not panic I'm sure the FBI or C.I.A have a lot more to deal with than spoiling the surprise or informing your partner, Although if you are unfaithful and your partner works for one of the agencies then that would be the only time to worry. So using some sort of monitoring system in the work place should not really be an issue, Not if there is the chance of some important agency as big ad the FBI being able to do it while you are at home , I guess in todays society we need it, Even if they manage to catch one terrorist then it means it has done its job and kept us safe, and if it means my privacy being violated in a sense, then i do not mind! Overall i think it is just a case of BIG BROTHER is watching you and there is no escape. and makes you wonder if there is such a thing as privacy anymore!!!

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        03.03.2007 23:48
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        not private

        Email is like sending letters by post. It should be sent over secure networks. This is done by encrypting messages. Since terrorists attacks on America, our and other governments check emails and other communications from people they suspect. That is not all though. There are programmes out there that senders of emails can use to find out information about the person who reads the sent email. These programmes can tell who reads the sent email, at which location and how many other people read it. What happens to the email. Is it deleted or kept on the system and how long user spent reading the email. Email companies, gmail and one other keep clients emails on servers for a long time. Who is able to read this. Anyone who has permission. US government is one of them. Lot of people got sacked for sending emails that caused trouble. It is safer to send a letter than email. There is no such thing as email privacy. Right people can read any email.

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          26.10.2006 21:50
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          Many of us have probably sniggered at the stories of people who have sent a rude or suggestive e-mail boasting of a recent sexual conquest only to find said e-mail being distributed around the world for all to see and then the poor unfortunates finding themselves being hounded by the press. I mention this because at work we have just had the first member of staff sacked for sending an inappropriate mail to a work colleague, apparently the attachment that they sent contained a pornographic image and was detected by the companies monitoring systems. When some workers heard of this they were quite shocked because the person who revceived the mail had not complained and also they had not realised that the company actually monitored our e-mails and internet activity despite it being in the code of practice that all PC users have to sign once they start working for the company. In my view it is quite understandable that a company would want to monitor such activity by its workers for a number of reasons. The first is that after all you are paid to work for the company and such activity can hardly be construed as work unless you work for a mens porn magazine company. Such activity is effectively stealing company time to pursue your own interests and would not be tolerated in any other form like bunking off to watch TV so why should it be treated any differently while sat in front of your PC at work. Secondly companies do have a duty of care to protect its employees and the sending of such e-mails could easily cause offence to some people and could also be part of a campaign of harrassment or bullying. Finally the fact that the culprit is using a company e-mail could mean that should the e-mail find its way into the public domain then there would be negative publicityfor the company and its reputation be damaged. For me the combination of all of these reasons means that it is understandable that a company would want to monitor its employees in this way and in my mind does not constitute any loss of freedom on my behalf after all I still have the right to remove my labour from the firm if I do not like it.

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            11.06.2006 19:34
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            I cant believe the lenghts some people will go to to try and rip you off!

            Hi Guys and Gals, i am not sure if this review is in the correct cat, but i will post it here anyway. Whilst checking my emails on friday evening, i came across one from a gentleman calling himself Mr Ahmed Kablan, he claims to work for the Eco Bank in Dakar, Senegal. He also claims that whilst going through some old accounts he came across one that has been left idle since 2001 and was in the name of a gentleman called Mr Ibriham Taha who worked for Civit Gold Mining in Sarl, mr taha has since died and his account contains $18.6 million american dollars. As Mr Taha's company knew nothing of this account and as there is no family to contend with, Mr Kablan wants to move the money into an off shore account and needs the account holder to be a Foreigner (his words not mine) as mr taha was also a foreigner himself the money will only be released to a foreigner and not an african! Mr Kablan claims that i am the only person he was made contact with as he beleives that "i will not let him down now or in the future" and i am also a foreigner. He also requested that i reply asap and give him my mobile number so he can make contact with me to make arrangements for him to come over to england and set the ball rolling, if i agree to all his terms i will be given 38.5% of the $18.6 million dollars. I may not be the brightset of people, but jeez im not that bloody stupid, i did not reply to his email and have since blocked his email address and contacted my email supplier to inform them that this email is probably doing the rounds. His email address will appear as ahmedkablan77@yahoo.com so please delete any eamils you may receive from this nasty bit of work and i only hope that nobody actually falls for this nasty con trick. Thanks for reading!

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              20.03.2006 18:09
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              Nope, email privacy is just not available.

              Now I should say that I love email, I think it is excellent for business purposes and sending information to clients, and also nice to be able to stay in touch with family and friends on a very cheap method. However, email privacy is another completely different issue. I would say that currently there is no complete email privacy, ISP (Internet Service Providers) can obviously access your emails if they want to, and can be forced to submit your details to government officials should they need to. This should not really be an issue with anyone who has nothing to hide, but it is not a nice thought. You also then obviously have all the Intelligence agencies. This might just be a complete conspiracy theory but the NSA (National Security Agency) in America should be able to pick up any email that uses certain keywords like US Government and Bomb or President and Kill. Again this is not a problem for most normal citizins but still not nice. You also have the everyday hackers, lets face it anyone who has ever had a yahoo or hotmail address has probably had an email saying your account has been comprimised, send an email to this account with your username and password so we can check. Does anyone actually do this? It is the same as the Bank email confirmations where they want your complete bank details, surely no one still fills these out? But yet I still get on average 4 or 5 of these emails a week. I would say that for a large number of people your email is reasonably secure, assuming you are clever in not giving out your password or filling out any online forms and are not involved in any terrorist or criminal activities. For those who are involved in criminal activities, then at some point expect your email to be hacked. EDIT: Seemed to have missed the whole issue of Employers checking emails, so thought I would edit it in. My view is that Employers have a duty to check all work email addresses because if they did not and something illegal was happening then they would most likely be liable. I also think that you should only use work emails for work business and get yourself a hotmail or yahoo account for your personal emails and then who cares if the employer wants to check your email? However, complete email privacy is just a joke as it is perfectly possible for a number of people to access into your account should they want / need / get a warrent to do so.

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                17.03.2006 01:53
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                Email Privacy, should our emails be private shouldn't they? Email is a method of communication which is now favoured by individuals and consumers alike. Everyone who is a member of dooyoo must have an email adress as it was necessary for the registration process, does it matter if your emails are read? Well some people may think not as who cares what they have to say about thier aunt nellys socks? However this is not likely to be the only thing sent in an email. Whenever you shop online your details will be emailed back to you. Youre registration details from websites will be emailed to you and any secrets you may have emailed will also be sent, stored in inboxes and sent folders. Were someone to be able to gain acess to this information they would potentially be able to cause all kinds of havoc, imagine if someone had recieved the conformation letter you recieved from paypal! This is even more important for members of the business world, it is often necessary to send private documents to other staff through email and many of theese may be rather sensitive. Imagine if the salary listing was intercepted for example, or the document detailing the new marketing strategy. The reasons why our emails need to be kept private are obvious, so why would anyone think we should allow people acess? There is the matter of email being used to organise potentially damaging activities such as terrorism (that buzzword again). However i would argue that if a person is able to send a letter privately then the same should be garunteed of an email. I believe that in the event of a person being under investigation then possibly survielence of emails should be allowed, but this should be subject to a warrant being gained first. If people feel thier email is private they are free to joke about things like in a letter however a third party viewing the mail could misinterpret many things. We are all entitled to our privacy and the governement should be trying to protect that, not trying to take it away. And Email service providers should also try thier best to keep thier service secure. My university ensures we change our password at least once a year and it must conform to very tight rules on the amount of numbers letters and characters it must contain, however services such as hotmail do not provide such tight security. It is the responsibility of the user, choose an appropriate password and keep it safe. Regularly delete your mail from your inbox and sent folders as anyone who hacks in could otherwise view all this information, just imagine the trouble if you had account details for online shops in there. Overall i believe that the user should ensure their email account is secure, i also believe that the government should be required to protect our email from interception. If they want to open your mail they should need a warrant because at the end of the day it is your property. i will leave you with this thought: If i open your letters you will be able to tell because they will be damaged, an email however will arrive in the same condition it was sent.

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                  07.09.2005 13:24
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                  We need it so how do we get it?

                  As the owner of an email address for around 6 years now I can honestly say I have never had a problem with my privacy being breached on my personal emails or my company ones. What I will say though is that I know people who have. Let’s take exhibit A. My friend Laura. I met Laura at university and when she first opened an email account she thought of the simplest question to put for her reminder in case she ever forgot her password. Some may call her mad but I bet quite a handful of you have done the same thing. Well anyway she made an enemy out of one girl and every day she would have to find herself thinking of a new password. You see because it was such an easy question, the enemy knew the answer so she would just go on Laura’s hotmail account, type in the answer to her secret question, change the password and then she had access to all of Laura’s emails. Exhibit B. My friend Alex. Alex was another university friend; again she did a very silly thing but did not imagine how out of control it could get. She sent her boyfriend an email from her giving him the password so that he could access her account. 2 days later she kept wondering why she would access her account and all of her emails had already been read. It turns out that somebody had read what she was doing behind her on the computer and had accessed her emails using her address to send her a lot of SPAM mail clogging up her inbox. Exhibit C. My old work place. The email at this place was so insecure it was unbelievable. I was a member of management and not even my emails were safe. Every member of staff had access to my email account through their own computer. Do not ask me how as know nothing about computers. This meant that they could delete my emails and send them to my private company contacts. Ridiculous yes!!! Now I am the kind of person who trusts everybody unless they give me a valid reason not to. Therefore it is hard to believe that somebody would be interested in hacking into somebody else’s email account. However as my friends and previous company have pointed out to me emails are a valid source of information. Think to yourself how many personal emails with personal information you have had in your life. I admit that have had people send me phone numbers, addresses and some shopping sites I have joined even send the joining details in an email straight to your inbox. Take Amazon for example, I know they do not do it but what if they sent you your chosen password when you logged in with them? As soon as anybody got hold of that they could order everything they wanted and you would be the one getting charged for it. I think the breach on email privacy has left a lot of people asking what can we do. In fact it is scary how easy it would be to get into somebody’s email if you know what you are doing. I was reading a few days ago about an article on email privacy and the following statement was in there: ‘Sending email is like sending a postcard. Just as a postcard can be read by everyone who handles it on its way to its destination, so email is open to reading by all the computers that pass it along through the internet to its destination.’ Scary thought I think. We all like to think that email is a great and safe form of communication but in some cases it can just go wrong. With millions of people now using email as a primary source of communication, we need the information to be kept to just who we have decided wants to hear it. Every company I have belonged to has generally used Outlook and although I think it is a safe form of email, I still prefer to use my Hotmail account and my other colleagues agree. I am not sure what I expect the government to do about the situation but although email privacy has been a big issue for years the majority of people I know have had no problems. The company I am with now has an extensive array of logs so that nobody can access the email but me but at my boyfriends company his email on outlook is not even password protected. Many internet sites have finally cottoned on to the fact that we need more security with the email system. Yahoo and Hotmail on registration now show you a group of numbers and letters that you have to identify to get an account. Also with Hotmail to change your password you now have to tell them some personal details and the answer to your secret question is changed every time. The answers to your secret question now have to have a minimum of 5 or 6 characters so it prevents people putting really short (and easy to work out if you know the person well) answers. This is all in an effort to prevent email accounts getting hacked into so at least your personal email privacy is getting better. However all companies now do tend to have many spyware and adaware programmes that can prevent people looking at your computer. Also there is a programme called PGP which stands for Pretty Good Privacy which you can download from the internet which adds a great level of security with your email. Get this at www.pgpi.com. It does worry me the amount of people who grab hold of my company email however and send emails asking for personal information. I am sure there must be a way to keep email addresses more private. My one last piece of advice to you though is to make sure you know who you are sending your email to and make sure that any private information is not stored in your inbox for a long period of time. Also keep your passwords safe and do not reveal them to anybody. Thanks for reading. xxx

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                    This opinion is brought to you by the letter D, for deceit: something that's big business nowadays. It's rife in the real world and it's also becoming a major problem in cyberspace. I think I'm pretty good at spotting scams but it's still easy to get caught out. The trick is not to divulge any information unless you're sure of the credentials of the person you're giving it to. The incident that got me thinking about this topic involved tarmac. I was at the entrance to my drive recently when a van pulled up and the driver started talking about the surface of my drive. He said that his company had last done my drive and he asked how long I had lived here. I told him that it was about seven years and how the Baker family had been here before. The driver said that the Bakers knew the drive would need resurfacing about now, before it breaks up completely. He said his company was doing some resurfacing work for a neighbour the next day and how there might be some disruption. He volunteered to give me a quote so my work could be done at the same time. I declined on the basis of being rather short of cash and so the driver left. I thought no more about it until the end of the next day when I realised that no one was having any work done. I then realised that I had been on the verge of being conned. I had inadvertently given the driver key information. And yet his words had a sort of comfort factor - he claimed to know the previous family, to have carried out the work before and that he would be working elsewhere in the street. Had I had the money then I would probably have taken up the offer. And most likely the quote of £500 would turn into a final bill of £5,000 with several 'heavies' marching me off to the nearest bank to get the payment. I normally research any goods or services I need, meaning that I'm unlikely to buy anything from a cold call. I'm amazed that people buy kitchens in this way. If th ey need a new kitchen then they should be searching out the best deal rather than waiting for a supposedly good deal to come to them. This is a good philosophy to have, both in the real world and when it comes to the internet. Most scams rely on the recipient reacting quickly. Just thinking 'why has this come to me?' should be enough to alert you to many scams. Email has allowed scams to proliferate like never before. The simplest ones involve hoaxes - fake warnings that give the perpetrator satisfaction when they see how far their wares travel. Virus warnings are the most common hoaxes. These are normally easy to spot. After all, why would someone write to you about one particular virus when there are thousands of viruses out there? The most effective hoaxes seem to be the ones that make naive users think they've got a virus by pointing them to a common file supplied with Windows or a popular application. The first one of these I came across became known as the AOL Virus. Basically, users were told they had a virus if the AOL startup executable was on their system. Removing it destroyed the apparent virus but of course it also nuked AOL in the process. An experienced user would spot such a scenario because viruses are not normally contained in a single file, other changes are required to make sure the infected files are actually run. Meanwhile, if someone has a few million notes in suspect money to launder then what better way than to contact a complete stranger in another country? A small admin fee will be required. Before you know it you'll be on your way to completely embarrassing yourself, as well as making your bank account a little lighter. If it's too good to be true then it's probably best avoided. Scams stand out when you're targeted for a service that you don't actually use. At one time I was receiving daily emails requesting my account details for the ICQ instant messaging service. Dire warnings were given that my account would be closed down unless I responded to the message. The more I ignored the requests the more email I seemed to get. Why didn't I do anything? Because I've never used ICQ. Everyone should be suspicious of any unsolicited emails that request personal information. In some cases you may be asked to go to the site and perform an action to keep your account alive. That's fair enough if it's a service you use and you manually take yourself to the site in question. But no legitimate organisation will email its users and request key information such as passwords and credit card numbers. The more popular a service is, the more likely its users are to be targeted for scams. When I originally joined eBay I noted how many users employed their email address as their username. I thought that was a good idea, although it was too late for me as my account was already set up. I now see things in a different light: public email addresses are just waiting for a scam email to be sent to them. This is why eBay is now in the process of outlawing email addresses as usernames. If users are tricked into giving out their eBay account information the consequences can be serious. Another user can gain control of their auctions, which could lead to other buyers being ripped off. EBay's PayPal subsidiary is also regularly targeted by scammers. This is even more serious because PayPal is in the business of accepting credit cards and allowing funds to be transferred to bank accounts. Lots of tricks can be performed in email and not everything may be as it appears. For starters, the email may well not be from the specified sender. On most systems the outgoing email address can actually be set to anything you like. I've worked this way for many years, making it appear as though my email is coming from my own domain. In practice it's being sent from a rather boring BT Openworld account. This works b ecause replies go back to my domain, which are then forwarded on to my BT Openworld account. In the case of spam, the sender generally doesn't want a reply to come back to him by email so any other email address can be specified as the sender. The next thing to be aware of is that a scam may be linked to a website with a similar name to a well known one. Always look very carefully at any web addresses you are taken to from unsolicited emails. Are you really at the official site or an unofficial one set up to look very similar? If you're in any doubt check to see who owns the domain you've been sent to. It's surprising how often suspect sites have been set up a few weeks previously, often in obscure countries. If you want to check a domain you'll need to be aware that the www. bit is not part of the domain name. For example, the website at www.microsoft.com runs under the microsoft.com domain. For UK sites go to www.nominet.org.uk and enter the domain name in the box on the front screen. For top level domains such as biz, com, info, net and org use the Whois function at www.internic.org. Either search should return some useful information, including when the domain was set up. Basically, everyone needs to be careful when dealing with the internet. The best policy is to trust no one until they've earned your trust. Don't be afraid to delete suspicious emails. Any financial institutions you deal with are much more likely to write you a letter than to send you an email. And don't forget to ask the advice of people who may be more experienced than you.

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                      28.08.2003 05:05
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                      The description of the topic for discussion says there are two issues to be discussioned: should companies have the right to monitor their employees? emails and Internet use; and should the Government and security services be able to monitor individuals? personal Internet and email use? I will try to say a bit about both topics of discussion. If a company provides email and web browsing facilities as part of the equipment for getting on with the working day then it should not be abused for personal use. If the equipment is only being used for work purposes then there should be no problem with employers monitoring because it is all work related stuff anyway isn't it? The only people who would worry are the people who steal time and payment from their company and use the internet to surf for their own enjoyment! The second part of the question is about the Government and security services being able to monitor individuals? personal Internet and email use and again the real answer is that the only people who would be worried are people with something to worry about. Is it an invasion of human rights of privacy? Yes, but no more so than other things like cctv cameras all over the place. I don't think the government are interested in your gossip with your friends but if you are swapping child pornography they will find out and catch you by monitoring. I think they would only monitor individuals if they had reason to and if it stops crime them that is fine by me!

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                        Okay, 8.30 this morning and I'm logging in to my AOL account to check out my e-mails, when the nightmare scenario dawns - "Incorrect password - please try again". Well, I could have typed it incorrectly I suppose, so try again. ULP - same message - clearly something's up. I gave the nice Irish people on the AOL helpline a ring and after pressing the necessary buttons, eventually managed to get to talk to a real live human being. I gave her the rundown on my problem and back came the earnest news - "We've had to lock your account because someone has broken into your account and is using it to send out dubious e-mails." Oh my God, I thought, this could be serious. AOL re-set my password for me, and after a few glitches I was back in and able to check my Inbox, but it was the Sent Mail list which was far more interesting to me. And lo and behold, they were absolutely right, for there stuffing out my Sent Folder was a string of unpleasant looking pron SPAM communications, urging me to check out their horny web cam - upon looking at the Inbox, it was apparent that someone out there was objecting to the crap they were being sent because I'd already received a load of e-mails angrily asking to be removed from my mailing list. Now this is a terrible experience to have, almost like suffering in the knowledge that a burglar's been rifling through your underwear draw - you feel so unclean. How did this happen? Dunno, but apparently there are some nasty little cracker/hackers out there ready willing and able to crack your pathetic password and go wandering through your virtual knicker drawer. It all comes from not spending enough time or energy on ensuring that your password is difficult to crack. I don't know how they did it because my password wasn't TOO simple but they obviously managed it. So word of warning time - don't go for easy English words or names , because they're particularly easy to crack - always opt for a mix of numbers and letters which don't seem to make any sense - they're harder for you to remember normally, but immensely more difficult to crack, and remember PASSWORD is strictly a No No. There are unscrupulous wrong doers out there who will not hesitate to use your online identity to further their nefarious activities in the knowledge that it will be you who incur all the wrath, flames, bombs and irate ISP's. Thankfully, AOL have a pretty decent checking system, so these things don't go unchecked for long, but these nasty e-mails had been going out in my name for about a week without me even knowing about them. Because after all, how often do you check your Sent Mail folder. Very rarely, I expect. Now that's obviously another recommendation - check your Sent Mail regularly so you can pick up any problems. Of course, this section on Dooyoo is primarily around the issues revolving around others eavesdropping on your activities, but I think scams such as the one perpetrated upon my account are just as nasty and worrying as any amount of Governmental snooping.

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                          06.10.2002 19:35
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                          Email Privacy And Employers The nation has a new epidemic. Employers now spend more time disciplining employees for abusing company email systems than for any other offence. In many cases, it is treated as theft. The use of internal company property (the computer system or the software that supports the email system) for non-company purposes. The potential outcome from a typical internal disciplinary hearing ranges from verbal warning, to written warning and even dismissal. We have seen the Swire effect. A young lady whose boyfriend rather uncouthly repeated details of an intimate moment on a company email to a colleague who, via others, copied in the planet online! This week the Sun front-paged with the email tale of a gentleman who gained unexpected pleasure from another lady while watching West Ham on telly, with his girlfriend away on business. So, what do employers consider email abuse? My own company dislikes swearing, any use whatsoever that is personal, chain emails and more. There is, in fact, a five-page list of how not to use email. Technically, sending an email saying THANKS is an abuse as it can clog up the system, which is considered a valuable company resource. The risk of introducing a virus is also cited as a reason for strict email use rules. The law, as it stands, allows companies to snoop, if they so wish, on the content of emails. Apparently, some companies even install software to identify swear words in email. Software that has the ability to dissect the syllables to find out who hides their swearing! Typing in the word Scunthorpe regularly is the best way to overload this software. Used in the correct context, you should not suffer a disciplinary hearing with the personnel department!! What do I think? Well, I fully defend a company?s right to protect their property and ensure that employees are working on company time rather than playing on their computers. At the same time, if you have ever worked in an environment where your employer completely bans all personal telephone calls, you have worked in an oppressive workplace. I would argue that allowing occasional use of email for personal use should actually be allowed. Emphasis on the word occasional. Prohibit content of an offensive nature. But to allow personal banter between colleagues, either spoken or emailed, is to allow a good team spirit to develop within a business and should actually make a business more successful. To allow people to very quickly and easily arrange a drink after work is often quicker by email and more productive for the business. The difficulty then lies with management and personnel. They need to know what rules are right for their business. Agree them with their staff or union. Implement them sensibly. Know when to allow personal use of email. Know when to have a quiet word about excessive personal use. Know when to have a firm word. And know when to use the full mite of the available disciplinary procedures. And then to use fairness and balance within that. Final written warning and dismissal is a way to demoralise a successful workforce and should be used only for exceptionally strong cases. As for the employee, beware somebody else having an auto-forward! Anything you put in email can and probably will come to the attention of somebody you genuinely do not want it to. Saying what you think about the boss in email is NOT recommended!

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                            17.09.2002 05:35
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                            This last three or four years, the humble E-mail has risen to prominence as the ultimate in personal communication. Its immediacy and simplicity and all pervading dominance has meant that it is now a country mile ahead of any other means of man talking to man, such that it is easier these days to spot those without the obligatory @ after their name rather than those with the cool address. People are now much more likely to use the E-mail address for communication than just about anything, including the telephone. After all. how can you call someone up when your laptop is plugged into the hole in the wall ready to transmit your message with its oh so necessary picture attached. And with this rise to the forefront of our minds has come a range of issues of an ethical nature. E-mail is not only one of the most flexible and immediate of communication tools, but it is also one which can be preserved for posterity, copied and re-sent, replied to and inspected, pored over to your heart's content. BUT NOT ONLY BY THE WRITER AND THE RECEIVER. The humble ISP, innocently offering its (increasingly more rare) free service, will have free access to all those millions of communications, together with your account details, and all other manner of traces of your online activity, as will the organisation for which you work, if you are among the increasing numbers of people who trust their works account with the most confidential and personal of communiques. The current Labour government's paranoia, together with the history changing events of September 11 2001, mean that there is an increasing readiness to pry into the doings of the free peoples of this world, to identify what the plebs are getting up to and hunt down their illegal actions and conspiratorial quests to destroy the free world. Add in to that the company's lack of trust in its employees, and suspicion that they are spending all day booking free airline tickets or che cking out the footie results on company time, and you have the recipe for Orwell's 1984 as a clear possibility. Only these days Big Brother is not just watching you, he is listening to you, reading your E-mails and tracing your steps and filing it all away for the day when you have committed a heinous sin against the Company, the day when all your doings over the last five years are hauled out of their secret folder and laid before the judge and jury to convince them of your absolute and total guilt. The question is whether such industrial and political snooping and prying are ever justified in these days of the Human Rights Act and our jealously guarded civil liberties. Well, let me tell you this. We are fooling ourselves if we believe that the government and our employers don't already know everything there is to know about us. You may be naive enough to think that they are too principled to do that, after all this is England, but let me tell you my friend that you are conning only yourself. They know everything about you already, so what's a bit more snooping between friends. The way I look at it is this. E-mail for most people (with any sense whatsoever) is a free and very effective communication tool. There is always a price to pay in the end for everything, and you should not expect a free dinner. You have only yourself to blame if you entrust very personal and very secret things to a medium which is easy to pry into. Only a fool would commit to cyber print something which you were genuinely worried that someone else would see. E-mail is a transitory and ephemeral thing, best used for rapid and disposable communication, rather than for dumping all your innermost thoughts and deep dark blackmail-prone secrets. A little bit of judicious consideration is the best defence against the danger of prying eyes. Of course, all of this doesn't really mean that it's right that either government or employers should go snooping through your cyber life, but it's clearly a fact of life that they are likely to take advantage of their ability to do so. I mean, we're a naturally curious species and a semi-secure means of communication is almost too tempting to resist. The thing is anyway, whatever privacy laws you pass and however rigorously they are protected, people will always abuse their position of power. It's only natural. Remember that and take some simple precautions and you can't really go too far wrong. I never entrust really genuinely sensitive material to the humble E-mail - there's always another way to get your message home - remember that and you won't go too far wrong. PARANOIA RULES!!!

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                              13.04.2002 10:11
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                              Email can be private if you want it to be...or can it? I think at work you have no chance of ever being able to say that the email is private as by the nature it is done on work systems and more often than not work time... The workplace has servers that store email as a default...so as to ensure a good audit trail for security etc...as well as for the sysop being able to track faults etc... At home however as the title suggests it is personal email and in this case it should be personal. If you opt to have an Email account with any of the ISPs then if you read the small print then you will notice that they can divulge contents to the police if asked or if criminal activity is obvious....again ISP's have server logs and backups which would hold your Emails... You can sign up to an online web Email account and give false details and also, if you know what you are doing hide your IP address then you could get Email which is private... At the end of the day if you really need to hide your Emails from the law then you should be tracked and hunted by the law, I refer to serious felons like the nasty ones which use the web...and terrorists... I have several Email accounts as do most people and have created an email account for web newsletters which only go to an account I decide when and where I look at it so as spamming can be reduced... Have your normal Email account and be selective of who you give the address to and what you reply to... I will be honest, you have probably heard all the allegations on what the Governmetns of the world can do with the web and the monitors in place, but lets look at this in reality...what you do is it really that bad? Does it matter? The postman can read your letters and reseal it, a telephone call can be overheard so what's the big deal? At the end of the day you do have a choice.....Use it or don't.... I do see both sides of th e coin and also see the benefits of monitoring the criminal fraternity and by that I don't mean the harmless hackers or normal people doing normal things....

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                                10.04.2002 08:50
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                                To be honest it's hard to know what to believe any more. I've always sent E-mails in the past, assuming that they'll just reach the recipient, end of story. More and more though I'm reading about not just hackers but proper companies checking E-mails, scanning them and monitoring them. I've even heard there's a system in America than scans all E-mails for key words such as for example "bomb" or "president", and then places you on a list on people who will be carefully monitored. To me none of this seems right, people should have a right to privacy. Who knows where it could lead, it could even be it's own downfall. Surely if everyone becomes aware that their E-mails are being monitored they'll simply cut down on their E-mail usage? Or perhaps not use e-mails for the 'malicious purposes' that they're monitored for in the first place. It doesn't stop at E-mails either. It's rumoured that certain companies etc monitor the sites you visit, plus one misplaced cookie here and there and your whole PC can be browsed through. I read in a magazine that Microsoft have a function built into Media Player which is supposed to be there to customise personal preferecnes, but all it does is send information to Microsoft on the websites you go to and things like that. But I'm digressing... Granted there's a need for security but it can go too far. At least when you send a letter in the post it gets to the other end with no-one having read it, safe in it's little envelope housing. If someone opens and reads it beforehand then it's considered illegal. But hold on, it's perfectly fine to open an E-mail and read that. I don't think it's too much to ask for the same when I send an E-mail. It's enough to make anyone paranoid!

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                                  01.04.2002 23:49
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                                  Per-Rive-vass-ie, what a joke, Privacy is a concern of guiltridden little creeps that have got something to hide. The only people that care about privacy are people that are doing something bad yet know its wrong and want to hide it. Lets talk about workplace privacy and e-mail. Why shouldn't a company know what is going on with their assets and employees at any given time? If you owned a firm would you want your workers to be getting paid to send jokes and flirtatous e-mails back and forth? Not only is e-mail in general suceptible to loss of productivity and focus it is just a grand invitation to sexual harassment situations and other non sense. I run train for a living. There is a black box type thing called "tapes" that shows every single thing I do for every moment I am on that locomotive, blowing the horn, bell, sand, amps, brakepipe, every damn thing to do with this train is known by the bosses so that if there is an accident they know what happened. They also have cameras on the nose of the engine to film crossings and they also tape every word we say to each other. Do I care? Yes. I do not use racial slurs at work but I still talk about wanting to eat Charlize Theron's pussy and how bad I would like to bang the girls at the hotel if I wasn't married. Is this an invasion of privacy? What privacy? I am not private, I am working for the railroad not in my own bedroom. I am a public person filling a public role or running a damn train, that is very public and what should be private about it? I am being paid to do a job and they have the right to watch me do it. It I F%$# up a thousand people could die so I don't care. The others guys always bitch about the cameras and that they monitor our intercompany memo system but a huge firm would be idiots if they didn't. One railroad got busted for having cameras in the bathrooms. I wish my company had cameras up in the bathroom, I would be all like strutting my stuff an d showing all them computer-survellience geeks what kind of dong a real man has. All I can say is civil liberties and all the rights and all that shit get checked at the door if you are getting paid to do a job. I can't have free speech on my train and flip off trainspotters or talk on my cell phone, why should I have any other rights? Ok, about the government reading e-mail. Why worry about what laws there are and what laws there should be? The fact of the matter is the government is going to read your mail, e-mail or any other correspondence if they can and think there is a need to do so. I take it for granted that my mail is read. I am an avowed communist, I am married to one of the most important Russian Communist party's deputies nieces, and I make a lot of neat little trips to places Foders doesn't make tour guides for. It would be dereliction of duty for the flunkies that are in place to suppress the proletariat not to be monitoring my activities. So I live my life knowing this. The FBI is renting out the flat upstairs. I figured they got my house wired. I used to cause them trouble, by calling up random phone numbers and speaking a few words of Manx or Urdu, then I realized there was no point in that. I always loudly announce that I am leaving and for how long and I point out to the feds if I got any new cool porno on my computer, like, "Hey check out my new shots of Pam in my AOL download folder". They follow me around town in a damn Jaguar. They used to have big SUVs then I got my Maserati so they got a jaguar. They followed me to the Easter Egg hunt last week and they got stuck in traffic and I walked up to their car and yelled at them that I was at an Easter Egg hunt with my little kid and to listen more closely to the wire and they wouldn't have to follow me, but then I realized that we had been speaking Russian all morning and they probaly don't really understand Russian. I know I should not being pl aying games like this but I am careful not to break any gun laws and I know that the cause they want me for is too damn popular with 40 million Americans for them to really get me for anything and bothering me is just a courtesey extended to a friendly foreign government that bitches about the stuff I believe in. I actually enjoy the whole thing. I got a good privacy story for you all. It is about my brother Popeye. Before we were exposed to Marxism we were Christians. My parents made us go to a church of hypocrisy where a lot of wealthy people went. These people would stand up like Pharisees and make all their prayers and donations but then they would own businesses that paid their workers meager wages. Is that what Jesus christ would do? Pay people slave wages then give a donation to the church to make it ok? Well the church had some semblence of order until about 6 years ago when they hired some guy to come in to preach and he subsequently got all his relatives jobs there. I saw that he was a snake from the get go and so did Popeye and Satan Sanchez. Nobody else did. He then ran out all the people that opposed him and stacked the deacon board with spineless doofs that are eager to please him and rubber stamp everything he wants. He told people whose parents founded the church in 1948 to hit the bricks over dumb stuff. He is like Jim Jones, a mental bully, a real cult artist at work. Then he gets the church to leave the fellowship so no one will be watching him. I hate the man, first off he don't know shit. Running his mouth about stuff he knows nothing about, he speaks no Greek or Aramaic yet thinks he can preach on stuff about Greek. Then the bastard goes to Russia for missionary work and is always bad mouthing the Rodina. So what does this have to do with privacy. Well Popeye sees this bastard at the movie store and popeye says he know he gets dirty movies from there. Now popeye and me are like on totally the smae wavelength so he needn't explain how he knows this guy rents porn. You can tell when someone is in the video store to rent pron because they gravitate in a wide arc around those saloon doors waiting to make a break into there when nobody is watching. and any of you perverts who get pornos know what I am talking about unless you are so damn jaded you can just strut right in, and if you are, stand tall mate, I respect you. But most guilty people have a porno stalk of a way to approach the adults-only section. So Popeye sees this pastor doing this and knows his story. So Popeye knows the girl working there. You know how much a marginally fat, single unwed mother of two making six bucks an hour at Movie Mart can demand for the rental records of someone? Popeye thought she would print out a list of the pastors rentals for $25, nope, $50? Nope, he had to take her Bowling and take her and her damn kids to Ice Age and then to Pizza Hut before she would confirm that the pastor did in fact rent porn. Now this bitch is ugly and popeye only knew her from School he had to get me to get a viagra off my friend with hypertension in order to close the deal because she was so wretched. But we have it, a list of all the movies the minister rented since 1998. It is not nice stuff, and I am sure it was only "research". The guy is into hard core interracial sex. I think it is funny. So whenever you think of privacy, realize that anything you hold secret can be obtained through search warrants or taking a fat woman to Pizza Hut with her kids. Just remember that whenever you plan to do something you feel guilty about and want to keep it hidden. But what do any of you have to keep secret? Really? What can any of you have that is just so horribley important to keep secret? Any person worth their salt isn't going to use e-mail for any espinage or skullduggery. What is it? Don't want your wife to find out about your chat room mistress? The only sec rets and private issues 99.999% of private citizens can have are secret chocolate chip cookie recipes and philandering. That is is. It is pathetic. The only thing I can't tolerate in this world is infidelity. Anybody who wants can come over and look at my harddrive or e-mail. I am not ashamed of who I am or what I do. I look at dirty pictures and raise money to buy guns for Marxist rebels. That is a lot more respectable that talking to some dumb fat whore in Iowa. All you dumb people that think you need privacy are whacked and nobody except your wife and her lawyer would care about what you do online anyways

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