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Personal Email Definition:

An email sent by an employee within an employer's server but which serve no business purpose.

emailIn Johnson, Justice Zinn of the Federal Court of Canada had before him the text of a federal statute, and a corporate policy (Bell Canada) which referred to, but did not define, personal email. He found:

"The area of Mr. Johnson’s concern, and the focus of this application, are the e-mails he alleges were sent to and from Bell Canada employees concerning him and which, from the perspective of Bell Canada, serve no business purpose.

"I shall refer to e-mail messages of this type as personal e-mails; whereas e-mail messages concerning Mr. Johnson that Bell Canada views as having a business purpose, I shall refer to as business e-mails."


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