Joseph Lazzarotti writes:
Employers need to exercise care when accessing employees’ e-mails, particularly e-mails on personal e-mail accounts. In Pure Power Boot Camp Inc. v. Warrior Fitness Boot Camp LLC, a non-compete case that turned into a case about the privacy of stored e-mails and violations of the federal Stored Communications Act (SCA), the court held:
- SCA statutory damages can be recovered by plaintiffs, even if they suffered no actual damages, and
- the calculation of statutory damages ($1,000 per violation), generally is based on the number of times the “electronic communications facility” (or personal e-mail account, e.g., Hotmail) is accessed, not the number of emails accessed.
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