The judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have ruled that employers can read staff‘ non-public messages sent through chat software program and webmail accounts throughout working hours.
So an employee‘s Yahoo Messenger chats during his work time – that were read by his company was within the employer’s rights.
Judges stated he had breached the corporate‘s guidelines and that his employer had a proper to test on his actions. Judges also talked against unfettered snooping though.
This judgment is applicable to all international locations which have ratified the European Conference on Human Rights, which also comprises UK.
An engineer in Romania had filed the case against his employer with the plea that his employer had breached his proper to confidential correspondence when it accessed his messages and subsequently sacked him in 2007. His employer had found that he was utilizing Yahoo Messenger for private contacts. With respect to the case, the judges ruled it was not “unreasonable that an employer would need to confirm that workers had been finishing their skilled duties throughout working hours”.