Are employers now allowed to read employees' private messages?

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What are the implications of the recent Human Rights ruling concerning the Romanian employer who monitored an employee's private communications, on a Yahoo messenger account? Does it mean employers can now 'snoop' on employees' private messages, if sent from work? Natalie Painter, a solicitor in our Employment team, considers why the case is not quite as dramatic as it seems. She looks at what the legal position is in the UK and what considerations employers should bear in mind when considering monitoring. The article was originally written for People Management online and can be viewed, here

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