Email deleted from my work email account by someone other than me

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I understand that I have no expectation to privacy when it comes to my work email but something happened recently that leads me to question specifically who has authorization to access my account. I recently sent an email to the CEO of the corporation that I work for. The CEO responded and CC'd three other employees/managers. I sent the email prior to leaving work for the day. When I returned to work that night, I was unable to log into my windows account. While I was on the phone with IT, I tried the generic "Password1" password and it worked. IT advised me that my windows password had been changed that day (while I was at home). When I went into my email, I observed that three new emails that I had not seen yet, had been read. I then discovered that all of the emails that I had from before 3-5-17, were gone. They were gone out of my inbox, important folder, and sent emails. I was able to locate all of my old emails (sent, received, and deleted) in a vault. I located a feature in Outlook that allows you to recover deleted emails from the past month. I found one email in particular that I had never seen. The email was sent to the CEO and me from the one of the managers that the CEO had CC'd in my email. Once I recovered the email, I realized that the manager had mistakenly sent the email to me because the email was about me. The manager was telling the CEO the I he believed that I was not a good fit for their facility and called me abrasive and pushy. The manager then told the CEO that he'd be in favor of having me replaced. Would the manager have the authority to ask IT to access my email account or do it himself if he knew how? Would the CEO have the authority to ask IT to access my email or do it himself if he knew how? I completely understand the corporate can access my email at any time but do employees that are not part of corporate also have the authority?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Yes, everything is possible, depending how much they have rapport with the IT persons. Assuming they are upper designated than you and they have more power in your company. In general IT persons never reveal password(s) and this is a general company norms/ rules. Now from this side this is not possible what the actual environment is there and why they did like that. It is better to ask your immediate boss for help.
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  • TheRealRaven
    Yes.

    Well, it depends... For example, in a German company, it might not be quite legal. In general, in the U.S.A., it's generally legal and possibly even ethical -- for the most part, if the 'company' files no complaint, the the issue is closed.

    You'll have to check laws in whatever jurisdictions cover your location.
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  • ToddN2000
    There is an option in Outlook to retrieve sent emails that have not been read. This is in case it was sent automatically.
    You can find out more on this tool here at Microsoft.
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