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Bosses can spy on staff on Facebook: court

An Italian boss who created a fake Facebook account in order to catch out an employee who was using the social networking site at work was not breaking the law, Italy's top court has ruled.

Bosses can spy on staff on Facebook: court
An Italian boss created a fake Facebook account of a woman to “lure” an employee away from work. Photo: Maria Elena/Flickr

The employee in question, who worked at a printing works in Abruzzo, central Italy, was fired for chatting on Facebook Messenger, an app used for conversations on Facebook, when he was supposed to be working. 

He was caught out after his boss created the fake Facebook account of a woman to “lure” him away from work to chat for 15 minutes, La Stampa reported.

As a result, the employee failed to intervene “promptly” when a sheet of paper became jammed in the printing press.
In the days following the incident the worker continued to send messages on the social networking site.

This week Italy’s Court of Cassation upheld the decision to dismiss the employee, ruling that the boss was acting within his rights to set up the fake profile because it concerned “the check of continuous illegal behaviour on the part of the employee”, already observed in the past.

The court also ruled that the locating of employees through Facebook access from their mobile is also permitted.

This isn't the first time an employee in Italy has lost their job for their activities on the Facebook app. 

In April a priest in southern Italy was defrocked for allegedly making gay sexual advances to a man on Facebook.

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 Italian police arrest mafia member after three women killed in Rome

Italian police on Saturday arrested a mafia member suspected of killing two alleged Chinese prostitutes and a Colombian sex worker in Rome, local media reported.

 Italian police arrest mafia member after three women killed in Rome

The bodies of the two Chinese women were discovered in a residential building in the upmarket Prati district on Thursday morning, while the body of the South American was found in an apartment in the same neighbourhood an hour later.

All three victims were stabbed, according to Italian media reports.

According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, footage from surveillance cameras allowed police to identify 51-year-old Giandavide De Pau, who had been prosecuted in the past for drug trafficking and sexual assault.

The suspect is reportedly a member of a mafia clan headed by Michele Senese, who is currently serving a life sentence. De Pau is believed to have been one of Senese’s closest collaborators, acting as his personal driver and handyman.

In 2008 and 2011, the suspect had also spent time in a psychiatric hospital.

It is unknown whether the suspected killer was carrying out a mafia hit or acting alone, possibly under the influence of drugs, which were found at the home of some family members where he is believed to have sought refuge after the police manhunt got underway, Corriere della Sera reported.

Several newspapers had warned of a possible “serial killer” in the Italian capital.

The body of one of the Chinese victims was spotted by a neighbour where it lay, naked on a landing. The woman, believed to be in her 40s, had suffered head and stomach injuries, the newspaper said.

When police entered her apartment, they found the body of the second Chinese woman.

Nobody in the building appeared to have heard the murders take place, according to residents.

“Everybody knew there was a house of ill repute here, I’d see people arriving at 2:00 am, 3:00 am,” a woman who lived in the building told reporters.

The body of the Colombian, who was 65, was found by a friend, Corriere della Sera said.

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