Freedom of speech is becoming an increasingly convoluted issue. Are we or aren't we allowed personal communication at work? What is "inappropriate content" in an email?
Certainly, the number of people losing their jobs as a result of sending emails regarded as unsuitable for their company's image or reputation are high, as the following cases, including the notorious Claire Swire, illustrate:
Insurance firm suspends employees for email
Mon, 18 Dec Royal Sun Alliance latest to crackdown on email Email embarrassment for City lawyer
Thu, 14 Dec Why you shouldn't be telling your mates your bedroom secrets on email Cable company sacks six for email "misuse"
Wed, 29 Nov Employees need to be cautious as more are sacked for sending emails Could employers ban personal email?
Tue, 28 Nov BCC says that private email at work may become a thing of the past, thanks to the Data Protection Commission Unions call for email agreement
Fri, 17 Nov Union body worried the RIP Act has left workers paranoid about their personal email Orange sackings over 'severed body parts'
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