France: Work-place surveillance complaint reaches human rights judgement

Later this week, human rights judges will deliver their ruling in a case against France brought by a railway official, sacked from his job, after compromising files were found on his computer.

The applicant, Eric Libert (Libert v. France – no. 588/13) lost his job as Deputy Head of the Amiens Regional Surveillance Unit, with the French national railway company (SNCF), after his employer opened  files stored on the hard drive of his work computer.

The computer contained certificates of change of address drawn up for third persons and bearing the official Surveillance Unit logo, and a large number of files comprising pornographic images and films.

Relying on Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life), Libert complains that his employer opened, in his absence, personal files stored on the hard drive of his work computer.

The case is set for judgement on Thursday 22 February.


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