The Monitoring Of Emails Under French Law

The monitoring of electronic messages is currently an important issue in France. Easily available software make it possible for an employer to access every message sent or received by employees, to trace their Internet connections. As shown in two recent Courts’ decisions, the monitoring of email is legal, provided the employer respects certain strict conditions.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What sanctions might apply to employers reading their employees’ emails?
What are the legal requirements related to the monitoring of emails?
What can an employer do when an employee uses her email illegally?


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