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Bosses Can Snoop on E-Mails to Girlfriend, Court Rules

  • Employers have some rights to see e-mails from working hours
  • European Court of Human Rights rules Tuesday on case
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Bosses can snoop on workers’ e-mails including personal messages with loved ones during working hours, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in a case brought by a Romanian man fired after his employer spied on his private Yahoo! Inc. chats.

“It is not unreasonable for an employer to want to verify that the employees are completing their professional tasks during working hours,” the court in Strasbourg, France, ruled Tuesday.