by Mike Masnick
Fri, May 23rd 2008 3:52pm
It's no secret that plenty of big firms do track emails that are being sent by employees, to be able to look for leaks or spot questionable email behavior. And, indeed, a new study finds that 41% of the largest companies surveyed do employ people to analyze outbound emails, though that could just be looking over stats for anything suspicious. However, the report also notes that 22% of the companies employ people for whom this is their primary job -- which suggests that at least some of those are basically sitting there all day scanning and reading the email of employees, looking for anything questionable. This seems fairly extreme. While I can understand the idea of having a system to go back and spot questionable emails if an investigation requires it, having full time staff scanning emails seems to be a clear indication that these companies simply don't trust their employees. I recognize in a large corporation that you can't trust all your employees, but that doesn't seem like a good reason to spy on all of them. Do these companies also record all of their phone calls and listen to them? Or track what all the employees do when they leave the office?
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