Bosses don’t get to play Big Brother

A European court ruled employers can sometimes read staff emails – but employers need to watch their step

24th January, 2016

There has been much hype over the course of the last week or two about the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision in the Barbulescu case.

The word on the street is that employers now have carte blanche to go and snoop around their employees’ email accounts. A word of caution to employers: this is absolutely not the case!

The ECHR’s decision does not give or offer unlimited justification for employers to access,...

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