2023 Author: Donald Evans | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 05:03
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that your boss can eavesdrop on your private conversations. Tools like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger could be spied on by your boss during working hours and the law would protect them.
For the Court it is reasonable that the employer verifies that you are fulfilling your task during working hours The sentence is produced after the complaint of a Romanian worker fired for using Yahoo! Messenger during business hours. The judge agrees with the company.
Both the court in Romania and the European court have considered that the company can spy on the employee to see if there are violations.
Therefore, despite the fact that it is only an opinion and not a European law, we could see more judgments of this type. Even refusing to let the boss spy on the communications could end up being dismissal and then we would not be able to appeal, as we can see.
Of course, Spain as a country of the European Union, would fit into the bag. So from now on, if an employee thinks of appealing a dismissal for using WhatsApp or other instant messaging apps at work, they probably won't get European or national justice to agree with them.
Anyway, this case is going to be quite contentious as we are clearly not willing to be spied on. We will have to be more careful with using WhatsApp during working hours and thus avoid any mishap with the bosses.