Barbulescu v Romania [2016]

  • Case Reference
    61496/08
  • Legal Body
    European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Disciplinary and Grievance Issues, Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act, Human Rights, Policies and Procedures
Issues covered: Article 8 ECHR; Right to Privacy; Monitoring Employees' Use of Internet and Emails

European Court Rules on the Permissibility of Accessing Employee Email

In the newly released case of Barbulescu –v- Romania, the European Court of Human Rights (the “ECHR”) has ruled that an employer in Romania did not breach the privacy rights of its employee when it monitored personal chats on a Yahoo Messenger account which he was meant to use for business purposes. 

The employee had been dismissed in 2007 after he had been informed by his employer that his communications had been monitored from 5 to 13 July 2007 and the records showed he had used the internet for personal purposes. The

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This article is correct at 14/01/2016
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Jennifer O'Sullivan
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