The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled employees have the right to expect e-mail privacy for confidential matters such a sending a note to their lawyer even if they use a computer at work. In its decision, the court notes the employer allowed workers to use e-mail for personal matters while at work. The case concerns a former assistant U.S. attorney who claims he was fired in 2004 for being critical of White House policies.

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