I work with someone, I'll say her name is Jane, who is an administrative assistant here. Jane discovered that unbeknownst to her, someone had set up several automatic forwarding rules in her Outlook. She has been with the company at least a couple years, so for all she knows this could have been going on the whole time (not sure). In any case, emails that were sent to her were getting automatically forwarded to multiple people, including her own peers who are other administrative assistants equal to her, all without her knowledge (until discovering the rules).
Are there standard ethical rules regarding this type of thing? It seems like there should be something wrong with that. But simply googling this I do not find what I'm looking for. Maybe that means there are no such ethics, in which case, probably the best thing to do is just let it go (now that she's turned them off). But I wanted to try to find out. Thank you!
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She is not sure whether everyone who was getting her emails is aware it was without her knowledge. But PRETTY sure at least one of them was aware of this.
Jane does not know who set them up, or why they were set up. Though the suspicion is purely for singled-out monitoring and micro-managing, given these same peers also try to track her exact arrival and departure times (we do not use key cards or anything like that) and things like that.
No, it does not look like these forwarding rules were also set up for the other people. Jane does not get anyone else's email. I personally do not have any forwarding rules set up either, and know of others that do not.