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Tasha D. Manoranjan

26 August 2016

German guidance on employee monitoring a reminder to carefully craft Acceptable Use Policies

Earlier this year, German data protection authorities issued guidance (in German) for companies regarding monitoring employees’ work email account and Internet usage.  The guidance establishes a framework based on the German Federal Data Protection Act (“FDPA”) and whether the employer allows employees to use their work email and Internet services for personal use.  Where personal use is prohibited, the data protection recognize a greater scope for monitoring.  The guidance also recognizes that employers may randomly check employees’ Internet use to ensure it is being used only for business purposes.  Further, employers may access an employees’ sent and received emails during a long absence if required for business purposes.

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03 August 2016

Russia announces new laws requiring telecoms, internet service providers retain personal data and increasing penalties for online hate speech

On July 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law amending existing anti-terrorism legislation that could affect U.S. telecom and internet service companies operating in Russia.  It will require that telecommunications operators and internet service providers (“ISPs”) retain up to 6 months of data, including personal data and communications content, as well as metadata, for periods up to 3 years.  Further, if any encryption is used to protect the data, the telecommunication or internet service provider must provide the Russian authorities the decryption technology.

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22 March 2016

IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Email Phishing Scheme Soliciting W-2s

On March 1, the IRS issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals regarding a phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees.  The IRS said this scheme is part of a “surge” in phishing emails seen this year.

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23 December 2015

Cybersecurity and Government “Help” – Engaging with DOJ, DHS, FBI, Secret Service, and Regulators

In this two-part article, the authors provide an overview of government cybersecurity resources, and encourage companies to consider whether and when it makes sense to take advantage of this assistance. The first part, which appeared in the October 2015 issue of Pratt’s  Privacy  & Cybersecurity Law Report, introduces the jurisdictional landscape and cybersecurity resources available from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. This second part of the article discusses the cybersecurity resources available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, and regulators.

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01 November 2014

The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review

The first edition of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review appears at a time of extraordinary policy change and practical challenge for this field of law and regulation. Several Sidley lawyers in the Privacy, Data Security and Information Law practice have contributed to this publication.

Editor’s Preface, Alan Charles Raul

  • Chapter 1, “European Union Overview,” William Long, Geraldine Scali and Alan Charles Raul
  • Chapter 2, “APEC Overview,” Catherine Valerio Barrad and Alan Charles Raul
  • Chapter 9, “Hong Kong,” Yuet Ming Tham and Joanne Mok
  • Chapter 12, “Japan,” Takahiro Nonaka
  • Chapter 16, “Singapore,” Yuet Ming Tham, Ijin Tan and Teena Zhang
  • Chapter 20, “United Kingdom,” William Long and Geraldine Scali
  • Chapter 21, “United States,” Alan Charles Raul, Tasha D Manoranjan and Vivek Mohan
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