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Saturday, 16th January 2016

Europe: Case of Barbulescu v. Romania [Employees' Email and Privacy]

Source: European Court of Human Rights

From Press Release:

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Bărbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, by six votes to one, that there had been:

no violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life, the home and correspondence) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The case concerned Mr Bărbulescu’s dismissal by his employer, a private company, for having used the company’s Internet for personal purposes during working hours in breach of internal regulations.

The Court found, in particular, that Mr Bărbulescu’s private life and correspondence had been engaged. However his employer’s monitoring of his communications had been reasonable in the context of disciplinary proceeding.

+ Link to judgment and press release via this page (PDF; 514 KB;PDF 94 KB)


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