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Unhappy Trails

Keeping your private communications secure isn't as easy as you might think.

By Mike Hogan • Jul 7, 2010 Originally published Nov 11, 2002

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"What did you know and when did you know it?" Those words are being thrown at businesspeople as often as politicians, and the search for evidence increasingly involves the reconstruction of "deleted" e-mail. OK, so you're not a Mafia don or a billionaire monopolist. But here are scenarios that could turn your hard drive into an evidentiary fishing hole:

  • A large competitor tries claiming patent infringement.
  • An employee sues your company for tolerating sexual harassment.

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