*Companies have the right to monitor their workers’ online private messages, ECHR has ruled*
Adam Rose from Mishcon de Reya says the judgement is not as controversial as it seems
Commenting on the news that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that a firm that read a worker's Yahoo Messenger chats sent while he was at work was within its rights, Mishcon de Reya Data Protection Lawyer Adam Rose said:
"Though at first glance this judgment may seem controversial, in legal terms it makes total sense. Employers' systems are not there for the private use of employees, and employees can and should expect that their company has access to any information transferred via them.
Going forward, we will continue to see more cases of this nature emerging. This judgment is likely to be an eye opener for many employees who in the past may not have thought twice about sending personal messages via their employer's systems."