New Law Requires Companies To Keep Better Digital Records

Posted on December 4, 2006

A new law that went into effect on December 1st requires companies to keep better track of employee emails, IMs and digital files. The AP says the new law means companies involved in federal litigation must now produce "electronically stored information" as part of discovery,.

It all sounds pretty invasive from an employee perspective. One of the biggest problems is trying to seperate corporate email, IMs, photos and files from the personal ones. The problem is farther complicated by cell phones that might store more data that is both personal and work-related.

It was much easier to separate the two before the digital age. If you are concerned about privacy at work you should be aware that more and more companies are monitoring emails and IMs and this new law should only increase digital monitoring of employees.

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