European Courts rule that Employers have can read the private messages of employees

European Courts rule that Employers have the right to read the private messages of employees

European Courts rule that Employers have the right to read the private messages of employees

European Courts rule that Employers can read the private messages of employees


The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has made a ruling in a case where a Romanian engineer was fired after using Yahoo Messenger not only to communicate with professional contacts but also to contact his family. 

This ruling states that employers have the right to monitor their workers private online communications, dismissing the employee's right to privacy and compromising his confidential correspondences.  

The court stated that it was “not unreasonable that an employer would want to verify that employees were completing their professional tasks during working hours”, siding with the employer in this matter. 

  European Courts rule that Employers have the right to read the private messages of employees  

This ruling sets a precedent which allows employers to monitor the private communications of their employees, not just on Yahoo messenger but also on WhatsApp and other similar messaging services. 


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13-01-2016, 06:46:46

wow so much for privacyQuote

13-01-2016, 06:49:22

Presumably only in work hours and whilst at work.Quote

13-01-2016, 07:32:12

Originally Posted by jimma47 View Post
Presumably only in work hours and whilst at work.
Of course. During the work hours in your contract your boss can tell you what to do. After that he/she has no say in what you do with your life.

Besides, I'm assuming this works much in the same way as it does when applications are blocked on your work WiFi. Except in this case they can read the messages that you send over their WiFi network.

It should mean that they can't read it if you use your own mobile data bundle. Whatsapp is all encrypted anyway so they'd have to pull the data off the Whatsapp servers which the company would never allow, and even then they wouldn't be able to read it.

Under no circumstance should you be forced to hand your phone over so they can physically read the messages off your own screen. Especially when you just happen to run into your boss while doing your groceries.Quote

13-01-2016, 07:37:55

If you're on company time and resources then of course they have every right. Not really news. Although the way some people use social media to post things about work issues I'm amazed they still have a job. It's a generation thing I think. They seem to think they can do what they like.Quote

13-01-2016, 08:00:14

I know I probably sound old fashioned here, but why would you be using Whatsapp? when you are supposed to be working?

In most of the jobs I worked we were not even allowed to have our mobile phones on the floor. Let alone sitting there making waffles and beans. Even if I were allowed to take my phone into work I wouldn't any way, why would I want people messing up my concentration?

It is work and you are paid to do it. Even if it's some crappy job it doesn't matter you entered a legally binding contract with your employer.

My lady and I go on holiday quite frequently to a place in Hampshire. It's like a country park with lodges absolutely in the middle of nowhere. As soon as you drive in reception ends and you pretty much have SOS on your phone.

And that's why we love it so much. A whole week or two with just us an no noises, influences or stress.Quote

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