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CALL FOR STAFF EMAILS TO BE REGULATED

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Staff with access to email need to be regulated by a strict code of practice or companies could face costly lawsuit...
Staff with access to email need to be regulated by a strict code of practice or companies could face costly lawsuits, according to a solicitor, reports the Birmingham Post (p15).

Andrew Sparrow, a partner with Cartwright & Lewis solicitors, said recent out-of-court settlements had shown that companies without an email policy could be liable if an employee used its equipment to disparage a competitor.

He said: 'Messages can come back to haunt companies. For all their informality, emails are as permanent as writing...It is not the footprints in the sand correspondence that sinks a company but the unguarded note at the foot of a memo or the careless email message.'

It has been predicted that£20bn will have been spent over the internet by the end of this year and£250 over the next five years.
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