New rules make firms track e-mails, IMs

 You didn’t really think your instant messages were immune to corporate spying, did you?


WASHINGTON – 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.

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  1. Actually, in the Government’s Antitrust suit against Microsoft, it was the emails that proved their point – so they certainly can and are used as evidence – and I agree politicians will screw up every opportunity they have.

  2. Not well thought out? How about: Not thought about at all!!

    How can an email POSSIBLY serve as evidence in a court of law? It’s simply another file on a disk.
    I can show the court VERY damaging emails from Rob Stuffleufagus! (none of which he actually sent … a forgery that can NEVER be proven).
    How about smtp hops? Are THEY required to keep copies of everything that wasn’t actually for them, but that they relayed? It’s absolute insanity and again yet another step into the direction of 1984’s Big Brother and a Brave New World… It has no value as evidence, but it DOES erode our privacy. But then .. what to expect from lawmakers who outlaw playing poker online in order to better protect our sea ports ?? (Or who once tried to pass a law that stated that the value of Pi should be simply 3)… I’m telling you: politicians are dangerous people. Single Malt Whiskey. (this last remark only serves to increase this comment’s point value)

  3. It will be interesting to see what affects this has on small companies – even mom-n-pop companies. It doesn’t seem well thought out at this point.


  4. I am in heaps of trouble then at the small firm where I am employed since I regularly overwrite tapes. How will this be clarified for the average admin….

    This is a FINE MESS.