Employers can read workers’ private messages sent via chat software and webmail accounts during working hours, judges have ruled.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) said a firm that read a worker’s Yahoo Messenger chats sent while he was at work was within its rights. There had been no violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life, the home and correspondence).
In an appeal brought by a Romanian engineer, Bogdan Barbulescu, judges said that he had breached the company’s rules and that his employer had a right to check on his activities. However, such policies must also protect workers against unfettered snooping.
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