Email in Business

An LA Times article, written June 19, 2008 and posted on, reports that a federal appeals court sharply limited the ability of employers to obtain emails and text messages sent by employees on company-financed accounts.

The long and short of it is, as an employer, if you don’t host your own email server (all Google Apps, and other outsourced services), then those employee emails are now protected and cannot simply be handed over to authorities without a warrant. If you are an employer and you host your own email, then you are not limited by this ruling.

Thanks to Metro I4 News for bringing it to my attention. If you haven’t yet checked out Metro I4 News, you should; it gives out a nice summary of important articles from The Ledger, Tampa Tribune, and Orlando Sentinel.