The Article 29 Working Party (“Working Party”) recently issued its Opinion on data processing at work (the “Opinion”). The Opinion, which complements the Working Party’s previous Opinion 08/2001 on the processing of personal data in the employment context and Working document on the surveillance of electronic communications in the workplace, seeks to provide guidance on balancing employee privacy expectations in the workplace with employers’ legitimate interests in processing employee data. The Opinion is applicable to all types of employees and not just those under an employment contract (e.g., freelancers).

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On March 7, 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) published guidance (the “Guidance”) on Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) to explain to data controllers “what they need to consider when permitting the use of personal devices to process personal data for which they are responsible.” BYOD refers to the use of individuals’ personal devices to access and store corporate information.

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On February 4, 2013, the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik or “BSI”) published a paper (in German) providing an overview of the information technology risks inherent in consumerization and bring your own device (“BYOD”) strategies. The Paper responds to what the BSI views as a growing trend of employees making personal use of employer IT systems as well as using their personal IT devices for work purposes.

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