BREAKING NEWS: Employer’s “Cyber-Snooping” on MySpace Results in Verdict in Ex-employee’s Favor

BREAKING NEWS: Employer’s “Cyber-Snooping” on MySpace Results in Verdict in Ex-employee’s Favor

Pietrylo and gang have some good news to post on their MySpace profiles. On June 16, 2009, after just 4.5 hours of deliberations, the jury had returned a special verdict to the court. Although far from a windfall (the jury only awarded $3,403 in damages), we suspect it is a moral victory of sorts.

As we had noted in our previous post, this case thus represents an important precedent in the realm of employee privacy rights in the context of password-protected online content. Content found on blogs and public social networking profiles may still enjoy the benefit of protected privacy when restrictions on access are implemented. Employers should exercise caution when approaching employees about asking for access to private information. As a rule of thumb, don’t coerce the employee for information and always document

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  1. This Pietrylo case hints that an individual can use an end user license agreement to promote the individual’s privacy.

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