Today, during lunch at Arby’s, I saw a story about someone getting fired because of something they said online. Sure, there are PLENTY of these stories and I’ve written on this subject from a job-seeker’s point of view in the past. This one is a little different.

This time, the comments the employees were terminated for were said in a password protected area of MySpace. Granted, it seems the employer’s legal team has shaped their story well enough at this point to cover their asses, I’m curious to hear your thoughts on whether making a concerted effort to keep conversations private online should protect you from legal action. Is there such a thing as a private conversation online? Is a password protected myspace conversation any different than a conversation via email? If an employer knowingly reads communications they know weren’t meant for them, does that put them at risk?