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Data Breach Laws A Wake-up Call for HR

February 10, 2006
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A significant new category of employment-related privacy legislation has burst upon the scene: data breach notification laws. Employers need to take data breach legislation as seriously as they take such data laws as FCRA and HIPAA.
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Data Breaches Within the Past 12 months Involving HR Data

February 10, 2006
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During the past year at least 15 breaches of confidential data at major companies involved employee records only. Unlike breaches involving customer data, theft of employee data can become a pressing HR issue by throwing into question the trust in management.
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Liability for Employee Internet Misuse

February 7, 2006
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This decision imposes an expansive duty on an employer, beyond simply investigating and stopping inappropriate Internet activities at work.
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Proliferation of Camera Phones Calls Up a Wide Range of Risks Relating to the Workplace

May 26, 2005
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Camera phones have created a host of risks for employers, including the loss of trade secrets and employee privacy concerns.
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Bloggers Find The Ax is Mightier Than The Pen

March 3, 2005
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Some companies see the benefits of blogging, but many remain wary of employees leveling criticism or sharing company information. And some have fired the online diarists.
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What Employers Should Know About Blogs

March 1, 2005
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Recommendations from attorneys on how employers can address the Internet activities of their employees during and after work, while not infringing on employee rights.
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Technology in the Workplace A Recipe for Legal Trouble

February 14, 2005
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Seven ways to avoid exposure to trouble when it comes to technology in the workplace.
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Court Says Just Sending Employees an E-Mail Doesn’t Qualify as Communication

August 20, 2004
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One attorney says that it is not enough to simply distribute a policy electronically without applying further safeguards to ensure that employees actually receive, read and understand the message.
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Disgruntled Former Employees May Use the Internet for Revenge

May 10, 2004
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In the past, unhappy former employees might have sent a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, or complained loudly to their neighbors. With the widespread availability and expansive reach of the Internet, however, they have a much more effective and invasive method for harassing their former employers.
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A Snoop in the Machine

January 30, 2004
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There's no doubt about what's going on when you install programs like Cyber Snoop, WebSpy or NetChatSpy.
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