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Maybe this will give them an idea of how it feels to have your privacy invaded.
E-Mail is stored unencrypted on several servers along its path, and due to some weird legislation is required to be stored that way for several years ( in case authorities "need to know" what you said ). Also, any one of those server's administrators could be bored and have bad ethical standards.
If you are sending unencrypted personal E-Mail from work, there is no doubt that your employers can and probably do read some of your mail.
News reporters typically talk about computer technology like it's some sort of mystifying science that makes all things scary come to life and chase your children.