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EMPLOYEE MONITORING: No green light to read employees’ private messages

05 February 2016  

Helen Hall examines a recent European Court of Human Rights ruling on whether it was lawful for an employer to access a worker’s personal correspondence

In this internet and social media age, it is no surprise that employers are concerned about how and when employees spend their time online. There are a host of issues to set alarm bells ringing, from underperformance during working hours to the leaking of confidential information, and from discrimination, harassment and breaches of contract to transmission of viruses. Employers can hardly be criticised therefore for wanting to have appropriate checks and balances in place, particularly for monitoring their employees’ e-mail content and traffic, social media use and web surfing.

 

 

Additional Info

  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Bărbulescu v Romania [2016] ECHR 61

Last modified on 10 February 2016