Who's Reading Your Screen?

A ruling that White House notes are public business raises questions about how private any E-mail can be

IT'S A SITUATION THAT ARISES A MILlion times a day in offices around the world. An employee has something personal to tell a co-worker -- a confidence, a joke, a bit of gossip that might give offense if it were overheard. Rather than pick up the phone or wander down the hall, he or she simply types a message on a desktop computer terminal and sends it as electronic mail. The assumption is that anything sent by E-mail is as private -- if not more so -- than a phone call or a face-to-face meeting.

That assumption, unfortunately, is wrong. Although...

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