I am employed for a company (in New Zealand) that has its own domain and which runs their own mail server. At the time of my employ I was at liberty to forward email from (myemail)@(company.name) to my personal email [ which is outside the control of the company ] - and indeed many staff members had this setup initially. Over time a substantial collection of email has accumulated.
Emails sent to and from this email address were responded to with an appropriate from address (myemail)@(company.name), but responses were sent from my personal account.
Who owns the emails? (My guess would be the company as they were paying me a salary, and I was acting as an agent of the company when I sent them, ) although them being forwarded to my personal mail box makes this less clear.
Does the company have any right to dictate how I deal with this email once its in my private mailbox ?
2a. Can they compel me to delete the emails without me keeping a copy (which I may not want to do as there are contractual agreements I may seek to rely on)?
2b. Can they compel me to provide them with copies of the emails, and if so can they require I do this without remuneration for my time (assuming I no longer work there or I'm not able to do this on company time)?