Recently in the UK, Hewlett Packard suspended 150 staff involved in the viewing and sharing of unauthorized and inappropriate material using the company's computer systems. Email monitoring by employers has been viewed by many as a breach of privacy. In response, some jurisdictions have brought in specific legislation to protect the privacy of employees. For example, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in the UK only allows monitoring of email where there are reasonable grounds to believe that both the sender and recipient have consented to the monitoring. To view a copy of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, visit: For more information on the Hewlett Packard suspensions, visit:


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