if the Postal Service were to photocopy all of your incoming and outgoing
mail and store it for six months or more? Would you be alarmed? This
is common practice for e-mail providers, including your network administrator
and your ISP.
addition, email snoops can easily scan your mail for key words such
as sex, marijuana, tax shelter, offshore banking, or just your company
if you delete the E-mail you've sent or received to prevent others from
seeing it, you may be surprised to find out that this doesn't always
work. Many Internet providers and network administrators store incoming
and outgoing email even after you think you've deleted it. Ironically,
this is exactly what happened to the Reagan and Bush administrations
over Iran-Contra. Oliver North deleted electronic mail, but the e-mail
lived on and was eventually even published as a book.
is as fast and casual as a voice phone call, but can be stored and retrieved
with infinitely greater efficiency than paper letters or taped conversations.
e-mail traffic takes over an ever increasing share of personal communications,
inspection of email traffic can yield more comprehensive evidence than
just about any wire-tapping efforts. E-mail tapping is less expensive,
more thorough and less forgiving than any other means for monitoring
Some Realities about email.
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