Passage Reading and English Comprehension
(a) Until the legal questions surrounding the privacy of electronic mail in both the public and private sectors have been resolved, office workers will need to scramble their electronic mail messages with encryption codes
(b) The legal questions surrounding the privacy of electronic mail in the work place can best be resolved by treating such communications as if they were as private as telephone conversations or face-to-face meetings
(c) Any attempt to resolve the legal questions surrounding the privacy of electronic mail in the workplace must take into account the essential difference between public-sector and private sector business
(d) At present, in both the public and private sectors, there seem to be no clear general answers to the legal questions surrounding the privacy of electronic mail in the workplace
1028. According to the passage, which one of the following best expresses the reason some people use to oppose the deletion of electronic mail records at government offices?
(a) Such deletion reveals the extent of government’s unhealthy obsession with secrecy
(b) Such deletion runs counter to the notion of government’s accountability to its constituency
(c) Such deletion clearly violates the legal requirement that government offices keep duplicate copies of all their transactions
(d) Such deletion violates the government’s own guidelines against destruction of electronic records.
1029. Which one of the following most accurately states the organization of the passage?
(a) A problem is introduced, followed by specific examples illustrating the problem: a possible solution is suggested, followed by an acknowledgment of its shortcomings
(b) A problem is introduced, followed by explications of two possible solutions to the problem: the first solution is preferred to the second, and reasons are given for why it is the better alternative
(c) A problem is introduced, followed by analysis of the historical circumstances that helped bring the problem about a possible solution is offered and rejected as being only a partial remedy
(d) A problem is introduced, followed by enumeration of various questions that need to be answered before a solution can be found: one possible solution is proposed and argued for.
1030. Based on the passage, the author’s attitude towards interception of electronic mail can most accurately be described as
(a) outright disapproval of the practice
(b) support for employers who engage in it
(c) support for employees who lose their jobs because of it
(d) intellectual interest in its legal issues
1031. It can be inferred from the passage that the author would most likely hold which one of the following opinions about an encryption system that could encodes and decode electronic mail messages with a single keystroke?
(a) It would be an unreasonable burden on a company’s ability to monitor electronic mail created by its employees
(b) It would significantly reduce the difficulty of attempting to safeguard the privacy of electronic mail
(c) It would create substantial legal complications for companies trying to prevent employees from revealing trade secrets to competitors
(d) It would guarantee only a minimal level of employee privacy, and so would not be worth the cost involved in installing such a system.
1032. Given the information in the passage, which one of the following hypothetical events is LEAST likely to occur?
(a) A court rules that a government office’s practice of deleting its electronic mail is not in the public’s best interests
(b) A private-sector employer is found liable for wiretapping an office telephone conversation in which two employees exchanged disparaging information about their supervisor
(c) A court upholds the right of a government office to destroy both paper and electronic versions of its in-house documents
(d) A court upholds a private-sector employer’s right to monitor messages sent between employees over the company’s in-house electronic mail system.
1033. The author’s primary purpose in writing the passage is to
(a) demonstrate that the individual right to privacy has been eroded by advances in computer technology
(b) compare the legal status of electronic mail in the public and private sectors
(c) draw an extended analogy between the privacy of electronic mail and the privacy of telephone conversations or face-to-face meeting
(d) illustrate the complexities of the privacy issues surrounding electronic mail in the workplace
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