Unwanted monitors of email traffic workers are not allowed

Employees are allowed to monitor their employees’ email traffic only if employees have been informed in advance. This judges the European Court of Human Rights (EHRM).

The Court pronounced a ruling in a case brought by a Roemeen, who was fired in 2007 after sending out private messages through a business account during working hours. De Roemeen did not know that his employer monitored this, he went to the EHRM in 2008 and claimed that his privacy had been violated by his employer.

Initially, the man was unsuccessful, on which the Roemeen appealed. Now, the EHRM agrees to him and judges that the employer had to inform the employee in advance that his e-mail traffic was monitored. Against the ruling no new appeal is possible.

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