network monitoring

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Wed Jun 6 16:00:02 UTC 2007

Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Wednesday 06 June 2007 12:16:34 Andy Green wrote:
>> Yep no doubt.  But what does it mean?  It's now a reasonable duty
>> expected of the company to read all the employee traffic and you are
>> negligent if you're not doing it?  Don't worry it's just a rhetorical
>> question.
> No, there's no obligation to do that - it's just that if you don't you can be 
> imprisoned for the behaviour of your employee.  I doubt if any company 
> routinely monitor like that, but if it was suspected that someone was using 
> company time and bandwidth for an illegal purpose, it would certainly be 
> sensible to monitor that person's activities for a time.  It's not something 
> I ever needed to do, but I can see that it could happen.

I don't think there is anything new or special about email here.  A 
company can't knowingly allow any of their equipment to be used for 
illegal purposes.  What would you do if you thought an employee was 
making bomb threats from a company phone?

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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