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Is Your Company Email to Santa Protected?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Frazzled by the incessant demands for her company Acne Brick’s financial records from her husband’s divorce lawyer Ditcher Quick, company president Annie Acne was wondering what her next maneuver might be when her Information...more

Federal Court Permits Former Employees’ Data Breach Claims To Move Forward

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A data breach occurs in which an outside individual obtains your company’s employees’ W-2 forms including social security numbers, addresses, and salary information. As a result, your company notifies all affected employees,...more

UK High Court: Employers May Be Vicariously Liable for Employee Data Breaches

by Morgan Lewis on

The ruling stems from a case that signals a growing trend toward group action litigation involving data protection, and poses new risks for companies who should respond with increased vigilance in employee recruitment,...more

Employment News - December 2017 #2

by Hogan Lovells on

In this weeks issue: - Employer vicariously liable for employee's data breach - Time and time again - no implied right to bonus through custom and practice - Making progress - gender pay gap toolkit...more

Multinational Company in China – Are You Concerned About the Personal Credit System and Privacy Provisions in China? You Should...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The People’s Republic of China is making progress in implementing its mandatory “social credit system.” Multinational businesses in China should be watchful of this system, and ready for it when it rolls...more

The Second Circuit Provides A Roadmap For Employers Defending Claims Under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Littler on

While the emergence of biometric technology in the workplace is not a new phenomenon, employers being sued for utilizing this technology is a new trend. Over the past three months, more than 30 class action lawsuits have...more

Dear Littler: What Does Our Company Need To Do Before We Begin Using Biometric Timeclocks?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: We are going to replace the punch-card timeclocks in our U.S. facilities with timeclocks that allow employees to “clock in” each day using their fingerprint. I’ve read about a flood of recently filed class...more

Data protection requires certain policy, procedural and equipment considerations

by GableGotwals on

Data protection requires certain policy, procedural and equipment considerations - Q: When should companies start working with employees on security? A: In today's environment, a data breach is less of a hypothetical...more

The Second Circuit Weighs In On Tidal Wave Of Class Actions Under The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As biometric technology has become more advanced and affordable, more companies and employers have begun implementing procedures and systems that rely on biometric data. ...more

Data Protection Alert - How data protection impacts labor law

One of the aspects of digitalization is that it blurs the lines between personal and professional lives of employees. Such acknowledgement is reflected in EU and French laws, notably with regard to teleworking and the right...more

Second Circuit Delivers Limited Victory to Defendant Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and Spokeo.

by Locke Lord LLP on

On November 21, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a case under Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), finding that none of the alleged violations created a...more

Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act Spurs Similar Legislation Around the Country.

by Locke Lord LLP on

Dozens of employers have been caught off guard by the rash of class-action lawsuits recently filed in Illinois alleging violations of Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). But while Illinois was the first, it...more

Is Your Company Car Exposing Sensitive Data To Hackers?

by Fisher Phillips on

In today’s world, where lots of sensitive data are stored electronically, prudent companies utilize sophisticated computer cyber security systems to prevent the hacking of such data. They likely also require employees to...more

Biometric Privacy Targeted In Increased Class Action Litigation in Illinois

by Bryan Cave on

Even as technology advances and consumers become more accustomed to providing their fingerprints in routine, everyday transactions (such as unlocking their cellular phones), private entities, and employers in particular, are...more

The Risky Business of Using Biometric Information: Insurance Coverage Considerations

by K&L Gates LLP on

Illinois has recently entered the litigation spotlight due to the growing number of actions being brought under the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (the “Illinois BIPA”). Illinois is one of only several states that...more

Elder Abuse: Are Granny Cams A Solution, A Compliance Burden, Or Both?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Minnesota, 97% of the 25,226 allegations of elder abuse (neglect, physical abuse, unexplained serious injuries and thefts) in state-licensed senior facilities in 2016 were never investigated. This prompted Minnesota...more

U.K. Court Orders Employee To Hand Over Personal Computer

It is increasingly common that there are disputes with employees at the end of employment about whether or not they have taken or retained an employer’s confidential information. Most employers in the UK have a provision...more

Chicken Caught: Privacy Commissioner Confirms Video Surveillance Should Be Last Resort for Organizations

In the recently released Investigation Report P17-01, Use of employee surveillance by a BC chicken catching organization, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (OIPC) confirmed that...more

Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA): A Checklist for Defendants

by Locke Lord LLP on

The rising tide of litigation under Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) shows no sign of ebbing anytime soon. No industry is immune, and here’s what companies should consider if they’ve been named as a...more

The Data Report Episode 21: Employee Negligence Related to Data Security

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Six: Workplace Data Security (Part II) Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses employee negligence related to data security in this episode of The Data Report. He highlights the importance of incorporating good data...more

GDPR for pension schemes - a practical guide

by Hogan Lovells on

Data protection law is undergoing radical change that is impacting employers and trustees of pension schemes and all service providers to them. With effect from 25 May 2018 the European General Data Protection Regulation...more

Litigation Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act Highlights Biometric Data Risks

by K&L Gates LLP on

Since June 1, 2017, over thirty class actions have been filed in Illinois alleging claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“Illinois BIPA”), which regulates the use and retention of biometric...more

Moving Beyond Passwords – Does Your Face Raise Privacy Concerns?

by BakerHostetler on

Phishing attacks continue to be the root cause of a considerable number of data breaches. Typically, these incidents occur when employees are enticed into giving up their login credentials in response to a cleverly designed,...more

New York Introduces New Data Protection Legislation

by Fisher Phillips on

Citing a sixty percent increase in data breach notifications from 2015 to 2016, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently introduced the Stop Hacks and Improve Data Electronic Security Act (SHIELD) bill. The...more

Employment Law Commentary, October 2017, Volume 29, Issue 10

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

HOT TOPICS FOR MULTINATIONAL EMPLOYERS: PRIVACY IN THE WORKPLACE, THE EU GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION, AND BREXIT - Increasing digitalisation of the workplace means that many routine activities nowadays entail the...more

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