Court refuses to let Check Point search employee's home computer
The company had accused an employee, who worked as a sales agent, of theft and breach of trust, and had searched his computer at work.
The National Labor Court refused to grant Check Point permission to search an employee's computer at home. The high-tech security company had appealed a lower court's decision not to allow it access to an employee's computer in his home and the right to examine anything found on it.
The court ruled that such an invasion of the employee's rights was not proportional to the damage involved, and that Check Point had not convinced the court that it would suffer significant or irreversible damage if the request was not granted.
The company had accused an employee, who worked as a sales agent, of theft and breach of trust, and had searched his computer at work. The company claimed that this search revealed that the employee had used commercial secrets and accessed various confidential data bases.
Check Point also said that the worker had pocketed the proceeds of various sales, based on e-mails it discovered, and that he had issued false receipts to customers.
The company told the court that the employee had admitted to Check Point's CEO that he had transfered files to his home computer.
Therefore, the company asked the court's permission to search the computer to determine the damage, as well as to prevent the destruction of any evidence.