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In the European Court of Human Rights, Have Employees Lost Their Right of Privacy as a Matter of Policy?


Jan 16, 2016

The European Union seems to be facing a privacy paradox.

On one hand, the European Union is commonly praised for relatively high standards of individual privacy rights. Recent developments, such as the European Court of Justice striking down the US-EU “Safe Harbor” agreement, further gave EU citizens hope that their data would not be transferred freely between Europe and the United States for business gain. On the other hand, judgments like Barbulescu v. Romania — announced in January 2016 — leave doubt as to the sanctity of personal communications in the European workplace.

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