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Daily Dashboard | Employers must provide notice prior to employee monitoring, European court rules Related reading: Supreme Court rules warrants generally needed in Carpenter v. US case


In what is being called a landmark privacy ruling, the European Court of Human Rights has decided that employers must provide notice from employees prior to monitoring their online communications, DW reports. The judgment, which was decided by the Grand Chamber of the ECHR, its highest chamber, overturned an earlier ruling that had sided with employers. In 2007, Romanian Software Engineer Bogdan Barbulescu was fired for using a company messaging system to discuss personal matters with family. Lawyers for Barbulescu have argued the incident violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Tuesday's ruling also suggests that employers must provide justification for any monitoring of employee communications. Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article suggested employers need to obtain consent before monitoring. That is not the case.
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  • comment Anna Maria Bjoerklund • Sep 6, 2017
    Is the ruling actually requiring consent from employees? Such a consent could be argued not to be freely given.
  • comment Sam • Sep 7, 2017
    You're of course right, Anna. We've amended the story. It's notice and legitimate interest that's required, not consent.
  • comment Anna Maria Bjoerklund • Sep 8, 2017
    Thank you for amending!