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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

Compliance Lessons From Burner Phones

by Thomas Fox on

Hunter S. Thompson once said that when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. It turns out that amateurs can get weird too. The University of Mississippi football program, which is under a self-imposed postseason ban and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As expected, the Fed left interest rates at current levels yesterday, though it hinted at another December rate hike and officially unveiled the start of its bond wind-down next month....more

European Court Says Employers Cannot Monitor Employees' Personal Email Sent on Company Servers

The European Union has taken a substantially different approach than the United States to employee online privacy rights. Upcoming ePrivacy regulations promise to limit employers’ ability to monitor employee electronic...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

Status Update on the EU e-Privacy Regulation Proposal Discussions

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission published a Proposal for a Regulation (Proposal) relating to privacy rules for the electronic communications sector. The Proposal will impose new, more rigorous privacy regulatory...more

European Court Proposes Criteria for Assessing Employee Monitoring Activities

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 5, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a ruling in the case of Barbulescu v. Romania that affirms employees’ right to privacy in the use of communications tools in the workplace. Although the ruling...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

Employer’s Accessing of Employee’s Personal Email Account from Company Mobile Phone May Have Violated Stored Communications Act

In Levin v. ImpactOffice LLC, the federal court in Maryland ruled that a former employee’s claim survived a motion to dismiss where she alleged that her former employer violated the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) when it...more

Citing SCA, Court Denies Motions to Compel Microsoft, Google and Yahoo to Produce Emails: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In PPG Indus., Inc. v. Jiangu Tie Mao Glass Co., Ltd., No. 2:15-cv-965 (W.D. Pa. July 21, 2017), Pennsylvania District Judge Mark R. Hornak denied the plaintiff’s Motions to Compel third parties Microsoft, Google and Yahoo to...more

FAQs about the FINRA Communication Rules

Understanding Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Rule 2210, Communications with the Public - What is Rule 2210, and what does it require? - Rule 2210 governs three categories of “communications” by FINRA member...more

Supreme Court to Review Digital Privacy (Part 1)

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In 1986, Congress passed an obscure statute called the Stored Communications Act that has become much more relevant 30 years later. The U.S. Supreme Court will have two opportunities to help define the scope of digital...more

Can Your Email Exchange Become A Binding Contract?

Certain contracts must be in writing and signed. Among them are contracts for the sale of real estate, contracts for the sale of goods for a price in excess of $500, and contracts to “answer for the debt of another,” such as...more

The New Electronic Communications Code - Key Signals for Landowners

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Electronic Communications Code (“Code”) gives rights to certain telecommunication services providers (“operators”) to install and maintain “apparatus” such as masts, exchanges, cables and cabinets on over and under public...more

ISS Releases 2018 Policy Survey

As is usual in the doldrums of summer, ISS has released its 2018 policy survey which generally foreshadows changes to ISS’ voting policies. In prior years, not everything on the survey resulted in a new voting policy. ...more

ECPA Reform Legislation on the Horizon (Again)

by Reed Smith on

Three bipartisan Senate bills are up for consideration in Congress that would attempt to modernize the legal standards under which the U.S. government can access communications electronically stored by email service providers...more

How to Make Global Employee Communications Comply with Overseas Translation Mandates

by Littler on

The question of whether a multinational must translate employee communications overseas traditionally was not asked very often. Decades ago, multinationals ran their international operations as siloed units. Headquarters...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017 - United Kingdom: New Insolvency Rules streamline communication with...

by Dechert LLP on

The existing insolvency rules in the UK have been recast with the aim to "modernize and consolidate" the procedural framework for insolvency processes in the UK and promote efficiency. The Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules...more

Responding To National Security Letters That Ask For Personal Information

by Bryan Cave on

National Security Letters (“NSLs”) refer to a collection of statutes that authorize certain government agencies to obtain information and simultaneously impose a secrecy obligation upon the recipient of the letter. Four...more

Far-reaching decision by the CJEU on copyright: The Pirate Bay can be blocked by ISPs!

by Hogan Lovells on

Swiftly following the CJEU decision in Filmspeler, in which the Court found that the selling of multimedia players with add-ons to illegal streaming websites amounted to copyright infringement, the CJEU has confirmed that an...more

CASL’s Private Right of Action Kicks in Saturday

by Baker Donelson on

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) went into effect on July 1, 2014, but an important grace period for the law terminates this Saturday, July 1, 2017. That grace period stayed the right of private action under CASL, meaning that...more

Why Updating The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Poses Difficulties

by Revision Legal on

The privacy of electronic communications is provided for under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. There are limited circumstances in which ISPs may disclose the contents of electronic and stored digital...more

New EU e-Privacy Regulation: European Parliament Committee Publishes Draft Report

The EU Parliament Committee in charge of reviewing the EU Commission's Proposal for an e-Privacy Regulation (Proposal) released a Draft Report proposing amendments this week....more

EU Telecoms Regulation Based on Unilateral Market Power Would be Contrary to EU Law

The existing EU regulatory framework for electronic communications obliges the EU Member States to provide in their national laws for certain powers and responsibilities of national regulatory authorities (“NRA”), in...more

China’s New Rules on Cross-Border Data Transfer - PRC imposes security assessment requirement on network operators transmitting...

On April 11, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CAC) released a draft of the Measures for the Security Assessment of Personal Information and Important Data to be Transmitted Abroad (Draft...more

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