Workplace monitoring gets easier

Companies that monitor their employees’ emails or Internet activity now have new protections from potential allegations of wiretap violations: Under the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, companies enjoy liability protection for the monitoring of their information systems for “cybersecurity purposes.” (P.L. 114-113) Although intended to specifically cover monitoring of cybersecurity threats, the broad definition of “cybersecurity purposes” within the act provides protections for more general monitoring practices as well as monitoring without user consent. This is a major change for companies that, to-date, may have shied away from deploying monitoring technology for fear of claims that they illegally intercepted private communications.

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