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14 January 2016 by Guest

We’ve all been guilty of it at one point or another – sat at our desks, we’ve let our mouse wander to Facebook or Twitter, when we really should be working. We know it’s wrong, but Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp are just a few clicks away. It’s an addiction we sometimes just need to satisfy. Al explains why it might be time to curb that addiction!

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Whether we should or shouldn’t satisfy this temptation is now a legal matter. A  European Court has decided that an employer who incidentally accesses an employee’s personal chats (made during work hours) has done nothing wrong.

The decision was made by The European Court of Human Rights. The case involved an engineer at a firm in Romania, who had his personal Yahoo Messenger chats perused by his employer. His employer, who was checking up on his work, saw the messages.

The case centred on the fact that the employer was attempting to check his professional work, and had inadvertently accessed his personal chats too.

For employees and employers in the UK, this doesn’t mean a change in the law directly, but it does mean that a similar case brought to a UK court would have to take this decision into account.

If you’ve got a bad habit of chatting online or scrolling through Twitter during work hours, and a shred of guilt isn’t enough motivation to stop, maybe having them all read by your boss is.

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