The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that companies could legally monitor employees’ online communications.
STOP PRESS – Companies could already do this !!
What this ruling does do is confirm, again that this is legal. But as it always has been, only if certain conditions are in place….if not, you still risk breaking Data Protection and Human Rights laws.
The case was brought to court in 2007 by a Romanian national, Bogdan Mihai Bărbulescu.
He was using Yahoo Messenger to chat with his fiancee, brother and other professional contacts. Company policy however prohibited personal use. The court ruled that the intrusion and monitoring was legal because the employer had the right to “check the manner in which its employees complete their professional tasks”.
The ECHR dismissed the engineer’s argument that the company had violated his right to confidential correspondence saying it was not “unreasonable that an employer would want to verify that employees were completing their professional tasks during working hours”
The full ruling can be viewed here http://www.scribd.com/doc/295333156/Case-of-Barbulescu-v-Romania
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