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European court rules companies must tell employees of email checks

STRASBOURG: Companies must tell employees in advance if their work email accounts are being monitored and such checks must not unduly infringe workers’ privacy, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday. In a judgment in the case of a man fired 10 years ago for using a work messaging account to communicate with his family, the judges found that Romanian courts failed to protect Bogdan Barbulescu’s private correspondence because his employer had not given him prior notice it was monitoring his communications.…

German case on Uber sedan service referred to European court

MUNICH: Germany's highest court on Thursday ruled that Uber sedan service had violated the country's competition laws, but referred the case to the European Court of Justice to decide whether its view was in line with broader European Union laws. It wants clarification from the higher European court before issuing a final ruling. Uber, which allows passengers to summon a ride through an app on their smartphones, expanded into Europe five years ago but has been challenged in the courts because it is not bound by the…