If you send private messages on work time and you live in Europe, a court just made a major ruling that will affect your privacy.

According to a court ruling, companies can legally read any private messages sent on company time in order to verify that you are not using company time for personal reasons.

According to the Guardian:

The court said it was not “unreasonable that an employer would want to verify that employees were completing their professional tasks during working hours”, adding that the company had accessed the messages in the belief they contained professional communications.

The judges also defended the decision by Romania’s courts to allow transcripts of the engineer’s communications be used against him in court, saying: “It proved that he had used the company’s computer for his own private purposes during working hours.”

The judgement is now valid in any EU country that has agreed to the European Convention on Human Rights.

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