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European Court Restricts Employer Access to Employee’s Private Communications

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

With its recent ruling in Barbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) made a decision of enormous impact for employers in Europe. The decision makes clear...more

The European Court of Human Rights sets out criteria for lawful monitoring of employees

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On 5 September 2017, in the case of Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights reversed a First Chamber decision and found that the Romanian courts, in reviewing...more

Employment News - September 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Don’t look now – European Court decides monitoring employee's email account did breach privacy right - In Barbulescu v Romania the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has decided that an employee's right to...more

ECHR Ruling: Dismissal Based on Monitoring of Employee’s Communications Illegal

by Bryan Cave on

Be aware! Today’s decision of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) may force companies to rethink their policies on private internet use of their employees at work (No. 61496/08). The Straßburg court held a...more

Cyber Crime Pays! Different Attacks Have Different Values

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Cisco’s midyear report showed that CEO fraud netted cybercrime five times more money than ransomware over the last three years. CEO fraud is a scam in which cybercriminals spoof company e-mail accounts and impersonate...more

The FTC’s Uber Consent Order: A Warning to Fast-Growing Companies

by Mintz Levin on

Recently, Uber agreed to a proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order (“Consent Order”) to settle charges in an FTC complaint (“Complaint”) regarding behavior stemming back to at least 2014. Acting Chairman Maureen...more

Did Data Scraping Just Get A Tiny Bit Safer?

by Dickinson Wright on

Is it okay to scrape data from another website? This is a frequently asked question that almost always leads to an ambiguous and equivocal answer. Legal practitioners are quick to point out the risks of civil and criminal...more

Companies Potentially Liable for Independent Contractors & Third-Party Vendors

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On August 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit published an opinion analyzing the factors used to determine when a company may be liable for the actions of third parties acting as its agents in Jones v. Royal Administration Services,...more

Amendment To Japan’s Omnibus Data Protection Law Mean New Compliance Requirements For U.S. Multinational Employers With Operations...

by Littler on

Effective May 30, 2017, Japan amended its omnibus data protection law, the Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”), to add new compliance requirements that will have an immediate impact on many U.S. multinational...more

“Opening Clauses” and the GDPR – It Might Not Be As Easy As We Thought

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The General Data Protection Regulation is coming, and along with it, a significant expectation of increased harmonization in the privacy rules across the EU. Considering the 60-plus articles which directly impose obligations...more

Organizing Data Privacy Within A Company

by Bryan Cave on

Although organizations have dealt with privacy issues for years, only in the past decade have they begun to view the complexities of privacy as requiring formal organizational structure, dedicated employees, and/or dedicated...more

The Italian Data Protection Authority restricts the monitoring of employees’ internet access and e-mail use

by Bryan Cave on

The Italian Data Protection Authority (“IDPA”) issued its first decision interpreting the amended Section 4 of the “Workers’ Bill of Rights,” concerning the monitoring of employees’ internet access and e-mail use. In...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - May 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Starting on Friday, May 12th, computers in countries around the world have fallen victim to the latest ransomware attack. As of May 15th, it is estimated that more than 150 countries have infected systems, totaling over...more

Health Care E-Note - May 2017

by Burr & Forman on

When a physician leaves a medical practice, especially if the physician stays in the area to compete against his/her former employer, the situation can become stressful and acrimonious. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - May 2017

by Burr & Forman on

The House recently passed a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow certain employees to choose to take paid time off rather than overtime pay when working more than 40 hours in a workweek. Ron Flowers and...more

Helping To Protect Your Company From A Cyber-Attack: Eight Tips For Human Resources Professionals And In-House Employment Counsel

by Littler on

Recent, highly publicized data security incidents highlight the continued vulnerability of corporate information systems. Notably, employees who fall prey to sophisticated phishing e-mails and other scams often contribute to...more

Computer Surveillance by Employers: Finding the Balance between Business Interests and Employee Privacy Rights

by Dickinson Wright on

As the use of computers and computer activity becomes more pervasive in the workplace, employers are facing new challenges. Generally speaking, greater network connectivity should be welcomed by employers. However, the use of...more

Court Of Appeal Provides Further Guidance For Data Controllers On Handling Subject Access Requests

by Dentons on

In the first April edition of our employment law round-up we considered the Court of Appeal's decision in Dawson–Damer v. Taylor Wessing LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 74, which (amongst other things) concerned the relevance of an...more

Security Breach Notification Becomes More Complex For Employers

by Littler on

With new and sophisticated schemes perpetrated by hackers and scammers, and sensitive personal information becoming increasingly accessible to numerous insiders, it is only a matter of time before most employers will be...more

Defending Against Social Engineering Attacks

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The term “social engineering” used to conjure up images of social scientists with Ph.D’s brainstorming ways to improve race relations or provide lower income groups with greater access to education and employment...more

Plaintiffs’ Counsel Garner $15 Million Attorneys’ Fee Award For Largest TCPA Settlement In History

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In what is being billed as the “largest and strongest TCPA settlement in history,” Judge Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently granted Plaintiffs’ counsel a...more

What Retirement Plan Sponsors and Employers Need to Know About Cybersecurity Risk and Liabilities

by Winstead PC on

Many employers historically were only concerned with privacy and security for health plans under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)1 and state laws; however, there are other references to...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017

by Zelle LLP on

There was a lot of discrimination law action last week, including the announcement of a $12 million settlement to be paid by Texas Roadhouse. The EEOC brought an age discrimination suit against the Louisville, Kentucky-based...more

Employer Defeats Novel TCPA Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a first-of-its kind ruling, an employer recently secured the dismissal with prejudice of what is believed to be one of the first Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions ever brought against a...more

Workplace Investigations and Privacy of Electronic Communications

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The situation is common enough: an employee is alleged to have engaged in misconduct and, as part of its investigation, the employer decides to search the employee’s company-issued computer for any relevant documents and...more

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