The CIBC continues to tap rich new veins in their ongoing comedy goldmine.
“A lot of people on the Street are going to have a few sleepless nights, going through loads of e-mail to delete them when they hear about this case,” said Don Johnston, a technology and privacy specialist at Toronto law firm Aird & Berlis. “But what is so terrifying to people is that they can’t really delete their e-mails. They could be stored in any number of places.”
By which they mean, of course, that a lot of people on the Street are going to wonder if the unprofessional, irresponsible or treasonous things they said through a system they don’t clearly understand, that their employer owns outright and pays very smart people to run might possibly come back to haunt them.
Gee, you think?
As an admin I don’t care if you’re reading Metafilter over your coffee break, blowing off some steam with a flash game while you’re on the phone or occasionally e-mailing your great-aunt during office hours, and if it makes your life a little bit easier while you’re doing your job,good on ya. I don’t care and if you’re doing your job nobody ever will. But if you don’t think that every last one or zero that crosses every single wire on your entire corporate network can be logged and archived, you’ve got a big ugly ol’ other thing coming.
One place I worked for way back kept snapshots of people’s personal folders once they found anything inappropriate (read: pr0n) in them, not because they weren’t doing their jobs and not because they were going to get fired, but so that if management felt like arbitrarily firing them in the future, they always had a trump card around to deal with wrongful dismissal lawsuits. As far as I know those snapshots were never deleted.
Which is all to say, when you’re using work machines, you should act like you’re at work.