The Italian Data Protection Authority has recently reiterated what to do when an employee leaves the company, i.e.:
- Close down email accounts attributable to the former employee;
- Adopt automatic response systems indicating alternative addresses to those who contact the mailbox; and
- Introduce technical measures to prevent the display of incoming messages to unauthorized subjects.
The automatic forwarding of emails to colleagues of the former employee amounts to a breach of principles of data protection, which impose on the employer the protection of confidentiality even of the former worker.
In the case decided by the Authority the e-mail account had remained active for over a year and a half after the end of the employment relationship and before its elimination, which took place only after a formal complaint filed by the worker.
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