On December 15, 2014, Microsoft reported the filing of 10 amicus briefs in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals signed by leading technology and media companies, computer scientists and trade associations and advocacy organizations, in support of Microsoft’s litigation to resist a U.S. Government’s search warrant purporting to compel the production of Microsoft customer emails that are stored in Ireland.
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As reported in the Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives Blog, in Purple Communications, Inc., a divided National Labor Relations Board held that employees have the right to use their employers’ email systems for statutorily protected communications, including self-organization and other terms and conditions of employment, during non-working time.
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On May 1, 2014, the White House released a report examining how big data is affecting government, society and commerce. In addition to questioning longstanding tenets of privacy legislation, such as notice and consent requirements, the report recommends (1) passing national data breach legislation, (2) revising the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and (3) advancing the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.
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On June 5, 2013, a federal district court in Ohio held that the Stored Communications Act can apply to an employer reading a former employee’s personal emails on a company-issued mobile device that the employee returned at the end of the employment relationship.
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On June 28, 2013, the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner issued its annual report highlighting activities during the period from April 2012 to March 2013. This blog post provides an overview of information from the report that is relevant for international businesses with operations in Switzerland.
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In two recently-published German court decisions, the courts’ rulings impact Germany’s employee data protection law, including strengthening the position of German works councils and clarifying the risks associated with deleting former employees’ email accounts.
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On April 5, 2011, Lisa Sotto, partner and head of the Privacy and Data Security practice at Hunton & Williams LLP, discussed the Epsilon email breach in an interview with Tracy Kitten of Information Security Media Group.  The interview covered issues such as data protection requirements for sensitive consumer data, steps companies should take

This blog post provides detailed information on the much-anticipated Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011, which was introduced by Senators John Kerry and John McCain on April 12, 2011.

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