You Don't Own Your Work Email

I’m having a good chuckle this morning over a bunch of Harvard professors up-in-arms over the university administration searching their email accounts.

“I think what the administration did was creepy,” said Mary C. Waters, a sociology professor, adding that “this action violates the trust I once had that Harvard would never do such a thing.”

Guess what, professor J. Obvlivious, you don’t own that email account. Your employer does. This goes for everyone, too.

Harvard legitimately searched emails for a the person who created a scandal that lead to to 70 students being forced to leave the school. This isn’t a case of misuse of power, this is a case of “don’t be a douchebag” and a lesson in keeping your private messages off your company email.


Posted on March 11, 2013