An interesting (and concerning) ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.
The ECHR has ruled that an employer who read an employee's personal messages - sent via a work account - had breached the employee's right to private life.
As the article suggests it is important for any employer to strike a fair balance between the employee's right to private life and the employer's right to to ensure workplace rules are being followed.
An employer “cannot reduce private social life in the workplace to zero. Respect for private life and for the privacy of correspondence continues to exist, even if these may be restricted in so far as necessary”, a statement said.