Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Monitoring employees' surfing habits is illegal

With a recent sentence, the Italian Privacy Authority made clear that employers can't monitor their employees' surfing habits.
Of course, an unauthorized or improper use of the computer (detected by logging the connections, for example) can still be punished, but deeper investigations about the contents of the visited sites are against the Italian Privacy Code (since they could reveal intimate informations such as religious beliefs, political opinions and so on) and therefore illegal.
The sentence comes after an employee, fired on the basis of the cookies and the temporary files stored on his computer during the working hours, filed an appeal to the Authority.


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