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BREAKING NEWS: NJ Court Upholds Employee E-mail Privacy

In a precedent-setting decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court today ruled that a company should not have read e-mails a former employee sent to her lawyer from a private Web account through her employer's computer (See November 5, 2009 Privacy and Security Information blog post). According to the Star-Ledger, the court, which determined the company's policy regarding e-mail use was vague, upheld the sanctity of attorney-client privilege in electronic communications.

Given the importance of this decision to both privacy issues and employer/employee workplace issues, we will provide a complete analysis.

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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.