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Your e-mail is not your own at office

June 29, 2008

Your story misses an important point in covering the e-mail issue. ("Prying bosses get the message," June 19.)

Federal regulations stipulate the archiving of e-mail messages and instant messaging so they can be made available, if required, by legal discovery.

As a result, employers must make some determination as to the accuracy of the retention, backup and archiving processes. In doing so, it is inevitable that some disclosure might occur.

As an information technology professional, I would suggest that all employees not use their employers' equipment to send and receive messages that they would not like to see read in a court of law.

Antonio San Marco

Los Angeles

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