Good day, I am cuurently booked off from...

Asked by Cherenne on 16-03-2021 20:41:42
Question posted in the General Law category relating to Gauteng

Good day, I am cuurently booked off from work and work from home, someone at work logged into my WhatsApp private phone nubmer on WhatsApp web while I was not at work and need some legal advice 

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Posted by Att. Patrick on 18-03-2021 08:53:27

Hi there and thank you for your question,

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In the interim, what outcome do you envision at this point based on what you've said above?

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Posted by Att. Patrick on 18-03-2021 09:49:40

This person has definitely infringed your privacy in relation to accessing your personal communications (you can't even call them work communications, because the communications are stored on your private cell phone) when this person should not have done this.

Unfortunately, this is not a crime. You do however have the right for your privacy not to be infringed, and this person has infringed your privacy and your communications!

I assume that you left your computer at work "logged into" your WhatsApp web, so when this person opened your internet browser and went to WhatsApp web, your chats automatically came up?! If that's the case, then this person wouldn't have even hacked into your account, he/she would have just accessed it - in breach of your privacy.

Did this cause any harm to be suffered? 

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