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Workplace Investigations and Privacy of Electronic Communications

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

California Supreme Court: Government Communications on Private Accounts Are Public

Recent decision points to the original intent of the California Public Records Act in the evolving debate over government transparency. Key Points: ..California Supreme Court rules that emails and text messages sent...more

Federal Computer Hacking Laws Apply to Executive's Unauthorized Access to Coworkers' Emails

The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and the Stored Communications Act (SCA) were enacted to protect U.S. businesses and individuals from computer hacking and industrial espionage. In recent years, employers and...more

California Supreme Court Rules that Texts and Emails on Personal Devices May Be Considered Public Records

The California Supreme Court recently held in City of San Jose v. Superior Court, California Supreme Court Case No. S218066, that public employees' digital messages existing in private electronic devices (e.g., smartphones...more

It's W-2 Phishing Season: How to Stop, and Respond to, Tax-Related Identity Fraud Aimed at Your Organization's Employees

HR and payroll professionals nationwide have been, and will continue to be, targeted with e-mails apparently sent by a senior executive but actually sent by scammers who ask for a prompt reply with the 2016 W-2s for all of...more

Is a Private Email a Public Record? Context Matters!

In deciding last week that communications on public agency employees’ private devices may be subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act, the California Supreme Court included some direction to help make the...more

Phishing Scams Targeting HR and Payroll Are on the Rise this Tax Season

It starts with an e-mail from upper management asking for employee data or payroll records. Wanting to demonstrate that he’s diligent and responsive, a well-meaning HR or payroll person promptly sends off the requested...more

Monitoring Employees’ Email and Internet Use Raises Legal Considerations

Retailers should be aware that federal laws prohibit the interception of another’s electronic communications, but these same laws have multiple exceptions that generally allow employers to monitor employees’ email and...more

W2 Phishing Scam Hits Citizens Memorial Hospital

We continue to see all industries hit with W2 phishing scams, including the health care industry. Citizens Memorial Hospital, located in Bolivar, Missouri, was hit with the scam when one of its employees believed that an...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - February 2017

Ninth Circuit Tackles Several TCPA Issues in Gym Texting Case - Why it matters: Retailers communicate with their customers frequently as an essential part of their business. While these communications are typically...more

Hong Kong Email Wire Fraud Epidemic - How to retrieve funds and prevent wire fraud

Over the Lunar New Year period, we observed a spate of email wire frauds (or ‘business email scams’) which involve funds being wired internationally to bank accounts in Hong Kong. The amounts transferred vary from a few...more

IRS Issues Warning of “Dangerous W2 Phishing Scam”

We always see a surge in W2 email phishing schemes this time of year, as it is tax time, and many individuals are filing their tax returns in order to get a quick refund. So are criminals and cyber-hackers. ...more

Unauthorized Computer Access, Without Service Interruption, May Be Cause for Action

In a case of first impression, the Eleventh Circuit has held that an employer need not show an interruption of service to prove actionable harm under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and other federal laws. This is...more

Data Privacy and Security: A Practical Guide for In-House Counsel, 2017 Edition

Boulder Partner David Zetoony published the 2017 edition of his handbook, Data Privacy and Security: A Practical Guide for In-House Counsel, on Jan. 28 – Data Privacy Day. The guide provides an overview of laws relevant to a...more

2016 was the Year of the Data Breach

Although every year we lament about the significance of data breaches in the past year, 2016 was by far the worst. Data breaches were rampant, victimizing every industry and numbing consumers in the process. It was so bad...more

Privacy Tip #66 - False IRS Phone Scams Defraud Victims of More than $50 Million

We have previously warned consumers about IRS phone scams that defraud consumers. Basically, the fraudsters call unsuspecting victims over the telephone impersonating an IRS official, and intimidate the recipient of the...more

Police Arrest Videos Not Considered Confidential

The California Supreme Court recently denied considering an appellate court ruling from a case in Eureka that police arrest videos cannot be considered confidential officer personnel records and therefore kept from public...more

New Privacy Developments in France

DataGuidance spoke with Cécile Martin, Special International Counsel at Proskauer Rose LLP, at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Conference in Brussels in November 2016. Ce´cile discussed the passing of...more

Unicorns are Real, Indecision May Possibly Be Your Best Option at Some Point and Yes, Virginia, You Can Trust Big Brother

Washington State Begins Beta Testing Its Pioneering Privacy Modeling App - Seattle — and by extension, Washington — has a purist attitude in its fusion of technology and life. All other states offer their employees...more

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”

Decision Expected Soon from California Supreme Court - Public agencies in California should prepare for the likelihood that communications on officials’ and employees’ private devices related to the agency’s “conduct of...more

Friend (or Foe) Requests: Using Social Media In Employment Litigation

Seyfarth Synopsis: Social media is a potential goldmine of information when it comes to defending against employment lawsuits—pictures, status updates, location markers, “likes,” groups, and associated friends, all from the...more

Smartphone blunders in the workplace

In a world where smart phones and apps are evolving faster than you have time to update them, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the potential for inadvertent disclosure and self-sabotage in the workplace....more

"They Can't Do That To Our Pledges; Only We Can Do That To Our Pledges”: Admiral, Big Data, Privacy, and The Internet of Things

Anyone who has ever bought insurance, resented the premium, contested a claim denial, or piled up hours and papers dealing with insurers would welcome anything that promised to lower their rates. Admiral, a British insurer...more

Finding a Balance Between Cell Phone Access to Work Email and On-Call Pay

Long gone are the days where individuals required computer access in order to connect to the internet. Smartphones are everywhere, and the internet of things (IoT) means that common objects such as cars and phones can now...more

Lyft Wins Background Check Class Action Claim

Apparently, even a “no decision” decision by the U.S. Supreme Court can still establish precedent. Relying on a Spring 2016 SCOTUS decision, a federal magistrate judge in California dismissed a proposed class action...more

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