I work with someone who is somewhat of a bully. I noticed that on a couple different occasions, someone is going into my emails and time clock schedule and viewing everything. Each morning when I get to work, I look at the history on the computer and there several things that have been done after I've left. I don't log off from my work email, we all just shut down Windows. After I leave, someone goes in and pulls up my emails and the time clock schedule too. For instance, on Thursday I clocked out at 2:35 and I noticed that at 3:02, someone went into my emails. Is this illegal? Please explain.
Your work emails on your work computer is not private to you. The data on that computer belongs to your employer. If your employer wants to look at data on its computers, including emails on its email server, it is allowed to do so. There is likely some notice to you in the employee handbook of this right, but even if not there, the employer is allowed to do this. You should never consider your workplace computer to be confidential, and never use company email to send or receive emails that you want to remain confidential.
Good luck to you.
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