Romanian whose chat messages were read by employer had privacy breached, court rules

ECHR ruling in privacy case could form significant legal precedent as it sets a boundary in employer-employee relations

The European court of human rights has ruled that a man, whose employer read the personal messages he sent using a work account, did have his right to a private life breached.

Judges in the grand chamber sided with the Romanian, who claimed his right to a private life was not properly upheld by the country’s courts. He said they were breached when his employer checked up on chat logs from his professional Yahoo Messenger account that included both his personal and private communications.

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