06 Aug German Court Rules It Illegal to Monitor Employees Using Keyloggers
Companies are not allowed to input keyloggers to spy on employees, according to a Federal Labor Court in Germany. The ruling was declared after hearing a lawsuit filed by a web developer against his employer.
Reports state the company dismissed the developer because he worked on a computer game for a different company, which was against company policy.
The developer was fired abruptly in April 2015 following the installation of keylogging programs. He also claims he was unaware that the management monitored his computer usage.
In response, the developer argued the company intruded on his right to privacy, prying on passwords and personal messages. Being an employee for 4 years, he only worked on the game for a total of 3 hours, typing during lunch breaks.
The German court ruled in favor of the developer, voiding his dismissal, stating keyloggers shouldn’t be used to resolve work issues.