European Data Protection Digest

Court: Companies Can Monitor Communications

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—SPAIN

January 9, 2014

Mondaq examines what it describes as the Tribunal Constitucional’s “landmark ruling in the case of Pérez González v. Alcaliber … finding that companies are permitted to access and monitor employee communications via company IT resources, including e-mails and texts, as part of investigations into employee misconduct.” The case involved González’s dismissal from Alcaliber “for disseminating trade secrets to competitors,” the report states. The court found “dismissal was not disproportionate,” ruling “a company must be permitted to monitor employee communications to verify well-founded suspicions of transgression where such monitoring is necessary to provide evidence to justify dismissal.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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