The FDA has access to medical data, personal data, trade secrets, and other types sensitive data. So the FDA has to have the ability to monitor whether data is being leaked to the public. Whistle blowers are one thing. But would we feel different if an FDA employee leaked information about a drug to drug maker’s competitor? Would we feel different if an FDA employee leaked information about patients in a new drug trial?
Now should employers monitor an employee’s personal e-mail account? Probably not. But if you do your better have a good reason. Or perhaps managers and employers should think about the work environment they are creating.
One final note on Rep. Issa ascertian, if protecting whistle blower are so important, why are we prosecuting Bradley Manning? After all he leaked sensitive data that was of public interest and importance.