Victory for privacy rights at work?
Last year there was significant publicity about a decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Barbulesu, whereby the rejection of the claim was widely described as a charter for employers to snoop on their employees at work.
Following an appeal, however, Mr Barbelescu’s claim that his right to privacy at work had been violated has just been upheld.
The case involved a Romanian engineer whose employer asked him to set up a Yahoo messenger account. The employer had very strict rules against any personal use of the work system. The company monitored Mr Barbelescu’s use of the account and accused him of using it for personal reasons. He disputed this and was then presented with evidence that he had made extensive use of it to discuss aspects of his sex life and health with his