The European Court of Human Rights has held that a public sector employer monitoring and saving an employee’s correspondence, via telephone and emails, amounted to a breach of human rights. Article 8 of the Human Rights Act states that individuals have ‘a right to respect for their private life’.

In this case, the employer failed to justify the breach because they could not put forward any UK legislation or any provisions in their governing instruments that authorised them to interfere with the claimant’s correspondence.

ince this case the government has changed the law to provide regulations as to when such monitoring is acceptable.

Copland v United Kingdom