In the case of Bărbulescu v Romania, a case in which an employee was fired for using his workplace instant messenger to send personal messages, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Human Rights has ruled that the Romanian domestic authorities’ failure to adequately protect Mr Bărbulescu (B) from the monitoring of his workplace communications by his employer was in violation of his right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 of the Convention.
The news that JD Wetherspoon has deleted their email database of 750,000+ names has received wide-spread coverage. The multi-million pound pub chain stated “we won’t be emailing you anymore and we have deleted your details” and “from now on you can contact us and find out about events and news here,” pointing to their Facebook page and Twitter profile… a bold move from this major brand. But why would they make such a move?
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