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Anonymous Patron writes "One From Transform Magazine takes a look at e-mail archiving practices. Policies and best practices are confusing and are often torn between the end-users, legal, IT, and compliance. Reconciling the needs of all these constituencies makes it clear that one size seldom fits all in the world of e-mail.It's more of a business focus, but it'll work well in the library world as well."
On the heels of the latest flap over Google's plans to scan the e-mail messages of its Gmail users, more news is afoot on the message-snooping front. E-mail privacy rights were called into question by a recent federal ruling stipulating that the federal Wiretap Act does not cover e-mail stored on a mail provider's server. The court upheld the dismissal of a federal wiretapping indictment against Bradford Councilman, former vice president of Interloc, a now-defunct listing company for rare and used books that offered e-mail accounts to its members. Read More.
Blake writes "The Information Architecture of Email takes a look at, well, The Information Architecture of Email. The author, Dan Brown, says Email is hard to sort into a strict taxonomy because: Most messages could live in more than one category, and, Personal and business priorities may shift several times a year, rendering email taxonomies obsolete.He takes a look at how Gmail is different: "As Gmail comes out of Beta, Google may find itself with a product that users are slow to adopt. People may find the subtle change in the email paradigm more dramatic than Google anticipated. Perhaps this speaks to the dangers of bad design: a bad product can just as easily become entrenched as rejected, such that when a better one comes along, users are reluctant to adopt it.""
Anonymous Patron writes "The BBC reports that a war has beeb declared;an email war that is. The battleground is e-mail, a service which, for many, virtually defines their online existence.
Some of the web's free e-mailers have been around for years, but 2004 promises to usher in a new era entirely.
The battle began when Google revealed its own service, Gmail, and the implications could hardly have been more far-reaching."
Anonymous Patron writes "CBS.MarketWatch.com Article that says Twenty-five percent of companies terminated a worker for violating e-mail policies, up from 22 percent last year, according to the poll.
Twenty percent of employers polled, up from 14 percent last year, had e-mail records subpoenaed for lawsuits or regulatory investigations and 13 percent of companies have faced lawsuits based on employee e-mail messages, according to the American Management Association and The ePolicy Institute, which polled 840 of their U.S.-based member firms."
mdoneil writes "The 1st US Circuit Court has ruled that interception of email messages is allowed.
Email service providers may surreptitiously intercept email messages without violating wiretapping laws.
GMail is buying the drinks tonight."
Wired News reports that Internet legal pundit Lawrence Lessig has thrown up his hands in the face of 200+ daily incoming personal (that's non-spam) e-mail messages. Declaring what he calls "e-mail bankruptcy," Lessig sent a script-driven note last week to all his e-mail "creditors": those who have e-mailed him since January 2002 and have received no reply.
Timely tactic or theatrical stunt? Read the Wired News article and decide for yourself.
Anonymous Patron writes "Why I'm not sending you viruses is a good one by Robert Vamosi, Senior Associate Editor, Reviews, at ZDNET. It might be obvious to most LISNewsterz, but for many people this is very important to read. He explains very clearly what e-mail spoofing is and what you should be aware of. Though he also says there's not a whole lot you can do to stop spoofing except minimize your exposure, and probably just unplug your computer."
An Anonymous Patron sends "this commentary from Slate.com in which the author rips to shreds Time Inc.'s legal disclaimer about how any emails sent from corporate accounts are the property of the company.
Ignoring the e-mail's threats, I forwarded it to my 175-pound Samoan attorney for his opinion, and he convinced me that Time Inc. has much more to fear from me than I have to fear from Time Inc.