The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that companies now have the right to read their workers private messages. This includes everything you write on Whatsapp, Email, Facebook Messenger etc…
The new law came into effect after the case of a Romanian engineer came to an end this morning. He was sacked after using Yahoo’s Messenger service to send private messages to his fiancée and brother during work hours.
The court in Strasbourg came to the conclusion that the mans employers were fully justified in the action they took against him. The Judge argued that it was “not unreasonable that an employer would want to verify that employees were completing their professional tasks during working hours.”
European Court Of Human Rights
The engineer had argued that the company had breached his human rights by looking through his private correspondence, but his claim was rejected. This has massive implications for everyone residing in Europe; if your boss gets hold of the personal messages you send, they could use them as an excuse to dismiss you.
People have been showing their displeasure about this latest ruling on twitter:
Thank you, European court of human rights.https://t.co/NrymrxEUVm
— Inferno (@InfernoGS) January 13, 2016
Extremely worrying as European Court rules that employers can monitor WhatsApp etc. An complete intrusion into an individual's private life.
— Jamie Bryson (@JamieBrysonCPNI) January 13, 2016
So will this put an end to all of us sending personal messages during work hours? Well, if this rule is upheld we will all certainly have to watch our backs (literally).
This story has only just broke, so we will bring you more information when we have it.