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The thing about email is that it is all compromised.
by R. Proffitt - 12/15/12 3:43 PM
In Reply to: Cox Email Outage by 1RP
Folk usually are in disbelief that our governments have granted themselves free access to email. It's a provision noted in the next link.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_privacy (yes I know but you can do more research on this.)
After 180 days in the U.S., email messages lose their status as a protected communication under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and become just another database record. This means that a subpoena instead of a warrant is all that is needed for a government agency to force email providers such as Google's Gmail to produce a copy. Other countries may even lack this basic protection, and Google's databases are distributed all over the world. Since the Patriot Act was passed, it's unclear whether this ECPA protection is worth much anymore in the U.S., or whether it even applies to email that originates from non-citizens in other countries.
Email sent by employees through their employer's equipment has no expectation of privacy; the employer may monitor and all communications through their equipment. According to a 2005 survey by the American Management Association, about 55% of US employers monitor and read their employees' email. Even attorney-client privilege is not guaranteed through an employer's email system; US Courts have rendered contradictory verdicts on this issue."
So without any privacy I strongly suggest you treat all email as less secure than a postcard you sent in the usual mailbox.
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