Strasbourg court to rule on office email privacy test case

ECHR ruling in case of Bogdan Bărbulescu could shape extent to which firms can monitor employees’ private communications

The extent to which employers can monitor their employees’ office emails could be shaped by a test case on workplace privacy to be resolved by the European court of human rights this week.

The final ruling in a long-running appeal brought by a Romanian man against his dismissal revolves around whether it was reasonable for his firm to investigate whether he had been sending private messages on his professional Yahoo Messenger account.

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