SHOULD EMPLOYERS BE ALLOWED TO READ EMPLOYEE E-MAIL, INSPECT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGES OR BLOGS, OR ACCESS FILES LOCATED ON A PERSONAL COMPUTER AT WORK? DISCUSS REASONS WHY OR WHY NOT?

As the use of electronic communication at work has risen, new ethical issues involving worker privacy have emerged. Should employers be allowed to read employee e-mail, inspect their Facebook pages or blogs, or access files located on a personal computer at work? Discuss at least two reasons why or why not?
Respond to at least one of your classmates. Do you agree or disagree with them? Provide at least 2 reasons why or why not and support your answer with at least one real-world example.

Respond to classmate:
Yes, I believe that employers should be allowed to read employees email and inspect their Facebook pages, blogs or access files located on a personal computer at work. As stated in the reading the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (1986) exempts employers. An employer has the right to monitor job-related communication and not personal information of employees. I know for a fact that my company reviews my computer uses every day. I don’t have access to Facebook or blogs on my work computer, so I don’t worry about my employer spying on me. I do think it is essential that employers track emails because you never know when someone can pose as a threat to the company. It’s a right way for employers to catch employees that are doing something that’s unethical. I know when it comes to privacy there are boundaries that employers have to respect, but in all fairness, employers should have the right to monitor employees e-mail, messages, and texts. It is okay for employers to watch employees for a specific reason such as reduced productivity or suspicion of theft.

 
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