If the hype in the media is anything to go by, employers can be forgiven for thinking that, following a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), they are now free to snoop on employees' private communications without limitation. However, this is not so. While it makes interesting reading, the decision does not give the green light to employers to monitor employees' private communications at work and it does not change the current position in the UK. Employers may well be able to monitor employees' communications, but such monitoring remains subject to certain safeguards and conditions.
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