Privacy at work: share your stories of snooping employers

A European court of human rights judgment has bolstered the privacy rights of employees. We want to hear if your personal life has affected you at work

The European court of human rights recently boosted the privacy rights of employees when it ruled that an employer who read a staff member’s work messages had no right to do so. An employer “cannot reduce private social life in the workplace to zero,” the judgment said.

But the incident, which concerned a Romanian engineer who was sacked for exchanging chat messages at work about his sexual health with his fiancee, is hardly the first case of an employee’s personal life causing them problems in the workplace – there’s no shortage of people who have been been sacked for posts on their personal social media accounts, for example.

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