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    Posted: 31/October/2017 at 14:32
I am an independent contractor working 25 hrs a week for a company and paid hourly for the work I do. This business gave me an email address at their domain. Lately I had a few questions about the work I was doing (where I have to communicate with outside clients). Then I was replied to, quoting what I had exchanged with people by email. I asked them if someone was going through my emails and they said "yes, we go through to spot check". I don't really have an issue with spot checking but I can see (through an email monitoring program) that my emails are being opened regularly and often.

I tried to find info about this but have seen conflicting advice. I find it to be a real breach of privacy but I don't know if legally there is anything wrong with it.

I 'm in NSW if that makes a difference.

Any advice appreciated :)

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  Quote Eddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31/October/2017 at 15:05
I can't point you to any sites that have the legal information but the email account is provided by your company so all emails and content are owned 100% by them.

They should have a policy that states the extent that you can use the account for private emails - this would be more of a privilege than a private right.

I know a guy who was sending inappropriate private emails to his friends (defamatory emails about the company and some other defamatory and sexist comments about the exploits in his private life) using his company email address and he was sacked on the spot- as soon as they found out, his manager walked up to him and told him they knew about his emails, didn't ask him to explain himself, took his building access card and physically escorted him out of the building.

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  Quote nattym Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31/October/2017 at 15:29
Thanks, it's not really about the private emails as I don't use it for that. It's more about the constant micro managing.

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  Quote Eddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31/October/2017 at 15:48
It's quite standard to do this, just that many people don't realize. It's nothing to be worried about. A company needs to do this for their own sake.

Just remember that we are also under increasing surveillance in public - cameras everywhere these days. Once again nothing to be worried about.

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