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Can bosses snoop on employees? European court to rule

STRASBOURG: Europe's top human rights court is set to rule Tuesday whether bosses have the right to spy on employees who use company messaging systems, in a landmark decision for privacy in the work place. In an initial decision in January last year, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the French city of Strasbourg ruled against a Romanian software engineer who claimed his rights had been infringed. Bogdan Mihai Barbulescu, 38, was sacked in 2006 by his employer after he used the Yahoo messenger system to chat…