The scandal over explicit emails that cost Nancy Sebring her jobs as a school superintendent illustrates the perils of deteriorating distinctions between personal lives and professional responsibilities and raises questions about employers’ technology usage policies, experts say.

The Internet and mobile devices are imploding work-life boundaries by placing email and other office functions literally in employees’ pockets. Yet employer policies often still presume a clear separation between work and home and acknowledge only incidental intrusions from one side or the other.

That viewpoint, tech gurus, academics and IT officials said, is simply outdated.

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