Thursday, January 11, 2007, 1/11/2007 11:18:00 AM

Email and Trade Secrets

From the New York Times (registration req'd), a story about the heartburn employers feel when employees transfer their confidential company email to web-accessible free personal email accounts offered by companies such as Google and Yahoo.

As the Times puts it, "employers, who envision corporate secrets leaking through the back door of otherwise well-protected computer networks, are not pleased."

Rest easily (for now) though, "[s]o far, no major corporate disasters caused by this kind of e-mail forwarding have come to light."

But, for the paranoid among us: "Lawyers in particular wring their hands over employees using outside e-mail services. They encourage companies to keep messages for as long as necessary and then erase them to keep them out of the reach of legal foes. Companies have no control over the life span of e-mail messages in employees’ Web accounts."

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