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ECHR workplace surveillance decision “tips the scales” in favour of employees

18 January 2018 The European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) issued, on 9 January 2018, its judgement in López Ribalda v. Spain regarding the covert video surveillance of a Spanish supermarket chain’s employees after suspicions of theft had arisen.

Source: International: ECtHR workplace surveillance decision “tips the scales” in favour of employees

Video surveillance at work breached employee privacy, ECHR rules

An international court has ruled that video surveillance of lecture halls where a professor worked violated his right to privacy, in a case that should cause employers to rethink if and how they use workplace surveillance and monitoring tools.

Source: Video surveillance at work breached employee privacy, ECHR rules – People Management Magazine Online

European Court Holds Camera Surveillance of University Lecture Halls Violates Privacy

n the case of Antović and Mirković v. Montenegro, the European Court of Human Rights held that camera surveillance in lecture halls at the University of Montenegro’s School of Mathematics violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to respect one’s “private and family life”).

Source: EPIC – European Court Holds Camera Surveillance of University Lecture Halls Violates Privacy

NGOs Challenge UK Government Surveillance at the European Court of Human Rights

On Tuesday 7 November, three joined cases brought by civil liberties and human rights organisations challenging UK Government surveillance will be heard in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

Source: CCC | NGOs Challenge UK Government Surveillance at the European Court of Human Rights

European Court of Human Rights Hears Key Surveillance Challenge

European Court of Human Rights has heard 10 Human Rights Organizations v. UK, a legal challenge which will impact surveillance practices around the world. The organizations who brought the case argue that surveillance by UK and US intelligence services violated their fundamental rights.

Source: European Court of Human Rights Hears Key Surveillance Challenge

Monitoring employees’ communications: the final word

An employee had used his employer’s Yahoo! messenger service (intended for work use) for personal communications, including with his fiancé and brother. His employer monitored those communications and sacked him for misuse of its messenger service. Did that monitoring of his private communications breach his privacy rights under Article 8 ECHR? No, said the Romanian courts, and Strasbourg’s Fourth Chamber said likewise. But on a further appeal to the Grand Chamber of the ECHR, that assessment has been reversed: the last word is that Article 8 was indeed breached here.

Source: Monitoring employees’ communications: the final word – Panopticon Panopticon

European Court Proposes Criteria for Assessing Employee Monitoring Activities

On September 5, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling in the case of Bărbulescu v. Romania that affirms employees’ right to privacy in the use of communications tools in the workplace. Although the ruling is strict, it aligns with the positions taken by the national courts of certain European Union Member States (e.g., Germany) and guidance issued by data protection authorities. And the criteria that the ECHR adopts for assessing the lawfulness of monitoring generally aligns with the requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation, which takes full effect on May 25, 2018. In our post, we summarize the ruling and identify key takeaways for companies that monitor workforce use of information systems and tools in the EU.

Source: European Court Proposes Criteria for Assessing Employee Monitoring Activities | HL Chronicle of Data Protection

European Court to France: DNA Database Violates Fundamental Rights

The European Court of Human Rights decided on June 22, 2017 that France’s DNA database for convicted criminals disproportionately interferes with individuals’ privacy rights because of its one-size-fits-all retention period and the failure to include a procedure to request erasure.

Source: European Court to France: DNA Database Violates Fundamental Rights | HL Chronicle of Data Protection

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