posted on Jul, 9 2010 @ 12:30 PM
This is a standard disclosure document sent to all employees during any litigation. If signed, clause 2 supersedes clause 7, and that ordering
is done on purpose. In this progression, you sign onto the act of storing all electronic, relevant data separate from personal use (clause 2). In
fact, to make it easier for company lawyers to be in compliance with subpoenas, clause 3 identifies a specific folder to be made to place such data.
Clause 4 specifies that all electronic communication related to your work be done through BP sanctioned e-mail (a demand that is hopefully made at the
beginning of a contracted employee's career, but you never know), which would also make it easier for the company to be in compliance of a subpoena.
Clauses 5 and 6 demand that all other data also be segregated from irrelevant and/or personal information, properly labeled, and stored securely. It
is assumed if you sign the document and have relevant data pertinent to Deepwater, you are already in compliance with clauses 2-6. Clause 7
simply gives BP (read: their lawyers) the right to these data previously discussed, so that they, again, can be in compliance with any subpoenas. See
the nice logical progression?
This is not a sinister document. In fact, it looks like BP is trying to cover all of their bases if this is ever brought to a civil court. If ever
questioned about destruction of information, they can submit this blank document showing that in good faith they took the steps necessary to secure
relevant information. If there was further suspicion, I could see where a request would be made for a list of those who signed the document. In my
judgment, not signing the disclosure would bring undue attention to yourself, especially if you are deemed to have in your possession or have access
to pertinent data which could be relevant to the rhetoric either side is trying to form.
Slightly OT, but...
Worried about your company invading on personal communications and data? Don't surf the web for entertainment at work on your work computer using
their internet. Don't use work e-mail for personal communication, even if it is to a coworker. If there is ever a subpoena given to the company, a
set of words is used to search the entire e-mail database. Suspicion is raised when e-mails deemed as personal communication are brought up during
these types of constructive searches. It's also not the best idea to use flash drives to store pertinent work data, though I can see where it becomes
a necessity. If you work from home or bring your work home, request a company laptop to use. Anything you do at work is technically the property of
your employer. Courts have repeatedly sided with the corporation/ business on this issue.