On January 6, 2015, the French data protection authority (CNIL) published a decision adopting a new Simplified Norm NS 47 that addresses the processing of personal data in connection with monitoring and recording employee telephone calls in the workplace.
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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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On November 30, 2011, the French Court of Cassation upheld a decision excluding the application of the French Data Protection Act to an investigation by the French Competition Authority.
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On November 16, 2011, the French Data Protection Authority published its Annual Activity Report for 2010. The Report highlights the CNIL’s major accomplishments from 2010 and its priorities for 2011, and includes recommendations for the revision of the EU data protection framework.
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On September 23, 2011, a French Labor Court in Caen suspended a whistleblower program implemented by a U.S. company’s French affiliate despite the fact that the French Data Protection Authority had inspected and approved the program prior to implementation.
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Legal consultant Dr. Omer Tene reports that last week, the Israeli National Labor Court issued an opinion requiring employers to set forth clear policies with respect to employee use of computers and communications systems in the workplace. The Court distinguished between the monitoring of business email accounts, personal email accounts and “mixed” email accounts, and expressed reservations concerning the validity of employee consent in the monitoring context.

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