European Court Allows Companies to Monitor Employees’ Private ChatsAdded: Friday, January 15th, 2016
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The top rights court in Europe recently ruled that companies have the right to monitor their employees’ online communications during office hours. It all began with a Romanian engineer who was made redundant 9 years ago after his employer found out he was using Yahoo Messenger to communicate not only with his professional contacts but also with his relatives and friends, while the corporate policy didn’t allow using the messaging app for personal purposes.
Now the European court of human rights dismissed the former employee’s argument that his employer had violated his right to confidential correspondence. According to the court, it was reasonable that an employer would want to verify its workers were completing their professional tasks during working hours. In addition, the court pointed out that the employer had accessed the private messages in the belief they contained professional communications.
It is known that the judges also defended the decision by Romania’s courts that also allowed transcripts of the former employee’s communications be used against him in court. The European court of human rights pointed out that such transcripts proved the worker had used the company’s computer for his own private purposes during working hours. The court in Strasbourg announced that it agrees that by withholding the identities of the people with whom the employee had communicated, the local courts struck a “fair balance” between respect for privacy and the interests of the company.
As you may know, the judgments of the European court of human rights are binding on countries that have ratified the European Convention on Human Rights, so now workers in Europe might want to think carefully about sending private messages online while on the workplace.
Friday, January 15th, 2016
|Not surprising. The court of rights indeed. What a misnomer. It will be some Govt. or judicial body with a high title like The Court of rights/freedom. ect.|
That will remove ours.
|If this was using corporate computers or phones I don't see an issue here at all. Now if it was their personal gear there is an issue.||
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