The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that employers can snoop on workers’ private emails and messages. Sarah Beeby of Dentons UKMEA LLP considers the potential consequences for colleges and universities.

The background

The right to respect for correspondence under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) protects the right to communicate and the confidentiality of private communications. This amounts to a right to communicate without the interference of a third party. It includes letters, emails and telephone conversations, even at work.

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