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Keeping a Watchful Eye

June 6, 2008
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A California court case shows how using video cameras to monitor employees can create problems for employers and how some situations could be alleviated by well-documented policies and practices.
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Two Approaches to Employee Blogs

May 21, 2008
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The first guideline regarding an employee blogging policy is simple: have one. Here's how two large companies—Cisco and Sun Microsystems—approach the issue.
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Oracle-SAP Lawsuit Heats Up

April 18, 2008
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Oracle says it has discovered a pattern of unlawful conduct more serious than the case’s initial allegations. SAP accuses Oracle of using hyperbole.
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SuccessFactors Wins Lawsuit Battle

April 2, 2008
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HR software company SuccessFactors has scored a victory in its lawsuit against rival Softscape in a case that now includes allegations that Softscape created a phony company to secure secret information.
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Softscape Says It Wrote Controversial Document, but Not for External Distribution

March 14, 2008
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SuccessFactors says a federal court granted a temporary restraining order that, among other things, prohibits Softscape from distributing any product or document using SuccessFactors’ trademarks or trade secret information.
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Their BlackBerrys Your Problem

March 6, 2008
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However much employers want to provide access to their technology systems for business convenience or necessity, they also have legitimate interests in preventing their misuse. Employers will also have to do some education with employees about what happens when personal devices are used to access company systems. Employees may mistakenly believe that by using their own devices, they have bought themselves a measure of privacy and are beyond the reach of their employer.
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HR Data Breaches Can Leave Holes in Corporate Pockets

February 21, 2008
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Employee data breaches are becoming like leaky roofs for companies—frustrating but familiar. Since early 2006, there typically have been four to six media accounts of human resources data breaches per month.
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Monster Investigated by FTC Concerning Data Security

February 20, 2008
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The Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into information security practices at electronic job board Monster.com stemming from a 2007 computer hacker attack that resulted in the illegal downloading of contact information for 1.3 million job seekers.
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Latest Monster Attack Targets Employers

November 29, 2007
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The November hacking, which involved Best Buy, Eddie Bauer and Toyota Financial Services, follows an attack in August in which hackers broke into Monster’s database and stole the records of more than 1 million users.
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Monster Security Worries Widen

September 5, 2007
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Nearly 150,000 users of a federal government job site for which Monster provides technology have been affected by malicious software. The scope of a large data breach revealed last month at the Internet job site is ‘impossible to pinpoint,’ Monster says.
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