Vic­tory for pri­vacy rights at work?

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - RECRUITMENT - BY Eric Gil­li­Gan

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

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