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Private messages at work can be read by European employers

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Private messages at work can be read by employers, derived from a ruling which said a firm that read a worker's Yahoo Messenger chats sent while he was at work was within its rights. Judges said he had breached the company's rules and that his employer had a right to check on his activities

Because it believed it was accessing a work account, the judges said, the firm had not erred

This ruling effects the right to investigation by an employer of their employees activity. An employee will often be up to no good, and the ability to access personal communications made during the course of their employment will go a long way to finding the truth of a matter - with our investigative help

Company time and company equipment belong to the employer; consequently the activities of an employee during paid time, or on paid equipment, are not sacrosanct

Employers suspicious of their employees activity would be able, using our computer forensic technique, to determine activity historically, if appropriate. We can help you determine what has gone on, especially in areas of suspected misdemeanour. Deleted files may be recovered, together with instant messaging, images, emails etc

The same principle applies to a company mobile phone

For practical assistance and consultation contact us in the first instance either by telephone on 01483 200999 or email to All matters are handled sensitively, confidentially and discreetly

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