Feeds

C&W fires six for email abuse

Obscene communications

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Telco Cable & Wireless has become the latest company to sack staff for abuse of its email system.

Six staff in C&W's Birmingham sales office received their P45 for sending what a spokesperson described as "obscene" emails which it viewed as an act of severe misconduct.

When the abuse came to light the staff were suspended and dismissed after a hearing a week later. As the people involved were employed by C&W for less than a year they have no right of appeal to an industrial tribunal.

As employers are taking an increasingly hard line, and electronic surveillance is stepped up in the workplace, company rules are increasingly like to come up against more stringent data protection rules and the provisions of the Human Rights Act.

While legally untested, these rules might prevent employers opening messages unless staff are suspected of a criminal offence - which is a far stricter test than current government regulations allow. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.