Spanish Case Highlights Need for Workplace-Device Policies


​A Spanish firm that dismissed an employee accused of spending his workdays exploring the Internet on a company computer—visiting websites featuring betting, sexual content, shopping and travel—breached his constitutional privacy right in obtaining the evidence, an appeals court has ruled.

The decision earlier this year from the High Court of Justice of Andalusia underscores how important it is that employers in Spain, and elsewhere in Europe, establish and communicate clear policies on use of company devices, including a firm’s right to monitor workers’ activities, according to legal experts.

The employer, analyzing the browser history and hard disk in a computer that the employee regularly used, also found downloaded files potentially…


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