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Latest Breach of Monster’s Data Fuels Disclosure Debate

February 11, 2009
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The company’s Web site notes it ‘cannot disclose specific details of the situation because we need to protect the integrity of our security systems and our ongoing inquiry into this situation.’
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As the Scope of Employment Expands, So Does Employer Liability

December 22, 2008
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Generally, employers are liable only for the torts of their employees committed within the scope of employment. Unfortunately, the scope-of-employment doctrine has never had clearly defined edges, and now, with the blurring of the line between personal and professional lives, employers are exposed to ever-increasing liability. They may need to rethink their policies on providing employees with mobile devices.
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Survey Tech Firms Cutting Back on Staffing

December 15, 2008
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The job cuts are also expected to affect tech salaries. Some 53 percent of hiring managers and recruiters surveyed by Dice said they expect flat salaries, and 27 percent anticipate lower salaries for new hires this year.
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Yahoo Lays Off 1,500 as the Blogosphere Buzzes

December 11, 2008
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As can be expected in a company with highly wired, networked employees, it was difficult to keep details under wraps.
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Louisiana Blue Cross Confirms Data Breach

October 2, 2008
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The company compromises the personal data of about 1,700 brokers via an e-mail, exposing information such as Social Security numbers, phone numbers and addresses, a Blue Cross spokesman says.
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Privacy Rights in Text Messages

August 15, 2008
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Employers wishing to access employees’ electronic communications need to verify that the access does not violate applicable statutes, and that the employee (and recipients of employee communications) do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
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SAP Shutting Controversial TomorrowNow Unit

July 22, 2008
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The German software giant previously said it was exploring the possibility of selling TomorrowNow.
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Court Says Employee Text Messages Are Private

June 20, 2008
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9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rules that the city of Ontario, California, violated the constitutional privacy rights of a police officer and the recipients of his text messages.
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IT Departments Now Leading Targets of Lawsuits, Attorneys Say

June 11, 2008
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Federal guidelines on the gathering of evidence by attorneys were amended in 2006 to account for the explosion of electronically stored information. But many companies have been slow to change their internal policies.
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New Front in HR Software Legal Battle

June 6, 2008
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Softscape says it can show that SuccessFactors accessed Softscape’s confidential and secure computer systems from an Internet address allegedly registered to SuccessFactors.
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