2 September 2015

Employee privacy in the information age

Towards the end of August, Facebook – which was only created in 2004 – announced having had one billion active users in a day for the first time. In a parallel development, judgment was given in an Employment Appeal Tribunal case (British Waterway Board v Smith [2015] UKEAT/0004/15), upholding an employer’s decision to dismiss an employee in consequence of a number of comments he made about work on Facebook.

So what do these developments mean for employee privacy? Is it an outmoded concept now that so much of life is lived online? Not so fast, the picture is a little more complicated than that.