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Unqualified employees, workplace violence and more

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When Lance Corporal Justin Ellsworth died in Iraq in November 2004, his dad wanted copies of his e-mails, but was denied when he asked Yahoo! for his son's password. The Ellsworth family went to court, and a probate judge required Yahoo! to release the e-mail.

While ex-employees' e-mails may not be as dramatic as a soldier's last words, they may contain important company information. Who really owns company e-mail is a big issue, as personal and work-related e-mails intermingle in most accounts. "We're getting into this world of digital preservation of everything," says Tom Triggs, partner and technology and internet specialist with law firm Bryan Cave in Santa Monica, California.

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