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Australian state to ban workplace e-mail spying

Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, moved on Wednesday to outlaw employers from snooping on workers' private e-mails as part of anti-spying legislation aimed at stopping bosses from covertly observing employees.

In an Australian first, the New South Wales state government introduced surveillance legislation to outlaw unauthorized spying on employees using technologies including e-mail, video cameras and tracking devices.

"We don't tolerate employers unlawfully placing cameras in change rooms and toilets," Attorney General Bob Debus said in a statement. "Likewise we should not tolerate unscrupulous employers snooping into the private e-mails of workers."

Australia has national privacy laws but they do not cover e-mail monitoring.

The legislation is expected to be passed by next week, the minister's spokesman said. Penalties would include a fine of 5,500 Australian dollars ($4,278) for individuals, or for each director of a corporation.

Trade unions welcomed the move as a victory against "big brother" monitoring by employers, which they said has been on the rise.

"The e-mail is the modern version of the telephone and I think that most employees would reasonably say that their phones shouldn't be tapped at work automatically, and I think that should apply to the Internet," said Bill Shorten, secretary of the Australian Workers Union.

Australia, which has 20 million people, has one of the world's highest rates of Internet usage.
U did not use the '[quote]' tags.. Use the [quote] tags to quote something from another source.. State the source too..

Anyway, I believe that everyone has the right to privacy and phone calls, emails, etc should not b tapped or monitored.. Employers do not hav the right to monitor their employees' actions, esp their private affairs..
Ah but the question is, are emails private if they are coming to a company email server? The company provides email servers, email service, support, etc. just as it provides phones and computers. All of this is owned by the company. Are they not allowed to monitor the use of thier property? If someone makes a call on your phone in your house are you allowed to listen? If someone commits a crime using your computer, wouldn't you like to know about it? this is not so cut and dry as people make it.
Please read this topic -

I have done the quote tagging, your missing the "opninion" part Wink
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