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February 1, 2016

01 February 2016

The European Court of Human Rights Rules that an Employer did not Breach its Employee’s Privacy Rights by Monitoring his Email Account

The European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”)  ruled earlier this month that an employer’s monitoring of an employee’s personal emails in a work-related Yahoo account was not a breach of the employee’s Article 8 privacy rights (“the right to respect for private and family life, the home and correspondence”).  The court’s ruling was not a general approval of employee monitoring, but was dependant on several critical facts, including the employer’s policy completely prohibiting personal communications on work accounts, and the limited nature of the monitoring into only the work account.

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