Gov. vetoes email snooping bill

Gov. Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have required employers to give their employees “clear and conspicuous notice” if they intend to monitor their workplace communications, such as e-mail messages.

“The notice requirements in this bill are too broad,” Schwarzenegger wrote in his veto message of SB 1841. “I cannot support when an employer that fails to issue a notice or that issues a deficient notice faces the possibility of a misdemeanor conviction and civil
lawsuits.”

Most California businesses already notify employees if they plan to monitor their workplace communications. But business groups such as the California Chamber of Commerce and California Manufacturers and Technology Association opposed the bill.

“I’d hoped because the Governor is used to seeing the details of his personal life plastered all over the tabloids, he’d be sensitive to people’s interest in protecting their privacy, but that would have required him to buck the Chamber of Commerce,” said the bill’s author, Sen. Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach), in a statement.