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Description: One major outcome of the Ashley Madison security failure last year was the number of public-sector email addresses implicated as users. The hack revealed users at the RCMP, the Canada Revenue Agency, the Justice Department and the armed forces were using their employers’ email service to search the Ashley Madison site. This raises questions for both employees and employers around policy direction for emails and at what point does an employee’s use of email bring harm to an employer, perhaps triggering a firing.


Date: January 26, 2016


Discussion Points:

1) Do you know your employer’s policy on use of e-mail for personal reasons? What does it say?

2) What is your personal view of employees using employers’ accounts to access sites like Ashley Madison?

3) What surprised you most about this article?

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