Gina Kensington took a sick leave to take care of her sister, but during her leave she was fired by Air New Zealand. The airline claimed that Kensington abused her sick leave. Kensington then took her case to the Employee Relations Authority (ERA) in New Zealand. Air New Zealand requested that Kensington let the company see her Facebook status updates and bank account transactions for the time she was gone. Instead of fighting the company, the ERA agreed to these request, claiming that “The explanation for taking sick leave must be tested for veracity.” Kensington’s case has yet to be settled in court, reports Ninemsn.
“Employers should not have the rights to snoop on everything we do,” Thomas Beagle, founder of pressure group Tech Liberty, told The Independent. “We wouldn’t let them search our homes on demand and we shouldn’t let them ransack our online lives looking for dirt.”