In a controversial move, Finland has approved legislation that allows employers to track workers emails.
The new law, which is strongly backed by business groups, aims to clamp down on industrial espionage and staff selling company secrets. For opponents, however, the move smacks of big brother, infringing on peoples privacy. While it remains unclear when the new legislation will come into force, Finland’s parliament backed the bill by 96 votes to 56. It is now set to go before the country’s president for approval. The bill has been dubbed ‘Lex Nokia’ after the mobile phone giant asked police to monitor emails of employees suspected of selling secrets to a competitor. While the new law doesn’t allow businesses to read email contents, it does enable them to see who workers are emailing. The new law also permits schools, Library’s and telecoms companies to watch over their staff.