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European Court decision on monitoring Messenger mail

The IPA would like to bring members’ attention to a recent European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decision regarding whether employers have an unrestricted right to monitor the private online messages of its staff during work hours.


The IPA legal alert looks at the specific facts of the case in light of employee privacy rights and an employer’s right to ensure only professional use of company IT systems during work hours.

The alert:

  • Summarises the legal position on monitoring employee communications at work.
  • Highlights the implications of the case for employers.
  • Provides practical steps for agency employers on properly balancing employee privacy rights against its own business rights and regulations when/if monitoring employee communications. 

View the full employment legal alert here.

Last updated 11/02/2016

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