The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that companies have the right to monitor their workers’ online private messages. In the case of Barbulescu v Romania, it was ruled that the employee’s   rights had not been infringed when his employer read personal conversations on Yahoo Messenger that were between that employee and his fiancée and brother. Employees of the company were asked to create the Yahoo account in order to answer client queries and the company policy clearly stated that the Yahoo account should be used for work purposes only.

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