Grand Chamber judgment Barbulescu v. Romania – monitoring of an employee’s electronic communications

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The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights this week released its judgment that the monitoring of an employee’s electronic communications had amounted to a breach of his right to a private life.

The judgment (attached in full here) found that the individual had not been made aware that there would be monitoring of his electronic communications, prior to its commencement or the nature and extent of the monitoring which included the possibility of the employer seeing the full contents of such communication.