Guidelines of the German DPAs: Use of internet and email at the workplace

von David Klein

Guidelines of the German DPAs: Use of internet and email at the workplace

One of the most disputed matters in German employee privacy law is related to the use of internet and email services by employees. In particular was unclear if surveillance of employees in this respect would potentially lead to a personal criminal liability of the person who conducted the surveillance activities.

Now, the German Data Protection Authorities have provided a guideline on the use of internet and emails at workplaces (German only).

In summary, the authorities follow with their strict recommendation the pro-employee approach causing some trouble:

Until otherwise decided by a high court (German Federal Supreme Court or Federal Labor Law Court for example), permission of private use of employer’s internet and/or email services triggers applicability of the secrecy of telecommunication services according to Sec ...Zum vollständigen Artikel


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