Is Work Email Private?

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June 10, 2016
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Miami White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Warns About Work Email Privacy

It is with astonishing frequency that evidence of white collar crimes, including fraud, are discovered through something as simple as reading workplace email. Though it seems like it would be common knowledge, people do not seem to realize that work emails are company property and can easily be discovered by investigators and forensic analysts. In this video, Miami white collar criminal defense attorney Curt Miner offers his analysis of why emails are so frequently used as evidence of criminal activity. If you are facing charges of white collar criminal activity, the best course of action for you is to immediately seek experienced legal counsel.

Video Transcription

As a safety tip for anyone who uses the Internet, to anyone who uses email: I use the parent rule, which is the same rule you tell your kids. Don’t put anything on social media you wouldn’t want your parents reading. It’s amazing to me that anybody who uses their workplace email knows that what goes over that email is not their private property, that it’s not confidential. But it’s still amazing to me the number of, frankly, stupid things that people both in civil and criminal cases nonetheless end up putting on their work email, and I think that there’s two reasons for it, two things. People have become just so used to using their work email throughout the day, day and night, remotely, at their desktop, it’s such a common part of their communications that they forget that this is, it’s not private, it’s not secret. The other place where I think people lapse is when they’re using their cell phones to respond to emails on their cell phone. They forget that that’s no different than sending an email on your work email from your computer. And how many prosecutions, how many civil cases have we seen reported in the media recently where one of the key pieces of evidence is something silly, something stupid someone wrote on their work email? For more information, call Colson Hicks Eidson, 305-476-7400, or visit our website,