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Legal advice: Can my employer read personal messages sent from my work email account?

Your employer may read personal messages sent using your work email, and you can be fired for contravening its policies. If you are concerned about messages being monitored you should use a personal email address instead of your work account, says Marc Cornock

Your employer may read personal messages sent using your work email, and you can be fired for contravening its policies. If you are concerned about messages being monitored you should use a personal email address instead of your work account, says Marc Cornock

There are two separate sides of the same coin here. You have a right to privacy and your employer has a right to expect you to perform your duties while you are being paid to do so, on its premises and using its equipment.

Rather than risk the wrath of your employer or manager, find out if your employer has a specific policy covering personal use of email and phone calls and familiarise yourself with it if it does. Many employers will allow a reasonable amount of personal emails and phone calls to be made, but you need to

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