Attorney-Client Privilege Goes Away If You Email Your Lawyer From Your Work Email

from the not-a-huge-surprise dept

It probably goes without saying that if you're planning to sue your employer, you shouldn't use your work email address to contact your lawyer. However, if you did do that, according to a California court, that email is not protected by attorney-client privilege. I don't find this to be all that surprising (or really, problematic). It's quite common that employers control the rights to your work emails, so it's hard to see why that wouldn't extend to emails you send your lawyer. All it really makes me wonder is why someone would use their work email for sending those types of emails.

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    simon, 19 Jan 2011 @ 11:51pm


    I think if employer lets known fact that company e-mail system is monitored to the rest, for whatever reason, then privacy over that is understood both ways, if not forewarned, then is still place of a question there, anyway, today on tech level only your thoughts can be private, unless you write them down somewhere. isn't it so strange we give up the privacy so easy under threat of fear for security, and when the bad thing happened is always blamed that technology was the fault and not enough, etc... but all tech depends like always on a few little things, electricity, inter-connectivity that is not so redundant ... so will fail to other influences... and always same problem who's watching the watchers ....

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