A lawsuit involving an unsettled area of the law, where changes in technology have blurred the line between expectations of personal privacy and companies' rights to monitor equipment, could help set a precedent for dealing with personal eMail at work, the New York Times reports. Generally, courts have found that employers can monitor employees' eMail communications on company computers. But the courts also have recognized greater privacy protection for eMail messages sent using personal, web-based eMail accounts. "This case raises a lot of new issues that reflect the changing place of eMail in the work place," said Marc Rotenberg, executive

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