Private Messages at Work Not So Private

Your private messages at work are not so private now.

European Court of Human Rights has given a recent ruling whereby employers can read workers' private messages sent via chat software and webmail accounts during working hours. ECHR said a firm that read an employee's chat messages sent while he was at work was within its rights. Judges rules the employee had broken the employer's regulations and that his employer had a right to check on his activities. 

This case involved an engineer in Romania and his employer found out that he was using Yahoo Messenger for both personal and work messages. This judgment would be binding on countries that have ratified the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.


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