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Spying on Worker Emails Gets New Hurdle in EU Court Ruling

  • Employees should expect a right to privacy, court says
  • ECHR Grand Chamber rules Tuesday on employee privacy suit
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Prying into workers’ emails just became a bit harder following a European Court of Human Rights ruling that a company violated a Romanian man’s privacy rights by firing him after spying on his personal Yahoo! Inc. chats.

Romanian authorities hadn’t properly protected the employee’s "right to respect for his private life and correspondence," the court’s Grand Chamber ruled Tuesday in an 11-6 vote. “They had consequently failed to strike a fair balance between the interests at stake.”