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Apple prohibits manufacturers from collecting facial scans, biometric data of employees

Apple’s new guidelines prohibit manufacturing partners from collecting biometric data such as fingerprints or facial scans of Apple employees who visit their facilities. The new rules, however, do not apply to workers employed by manufacturers or partners’ employees.

The new rule, which is reportedly a part of Apple’s updated factory security guidelines, aims to preserve its employees’ privacy to prevent prototypes, designs other intellectual property from being stolen or shared with outsiders.

The guidelines also reportedly make other changes to help crackdown on product leaks that come from the supply chain. Apple will also require manufacturers to run criminal background checks on all workers. It is also mandating that the use of surveillance cameras be increased at these facilities.

Source: Apple prohibits manufacturers from collecting facial scans, biometric data of employees – Technology News

Facing Off Against Employee Monitoring Requirements

Many jurisdictions have adopted legal requirements – particularly data protection laws, but also telecommunication and employment or labor laws – that indirectly regulate network monitoring activities, since monitoring typically requires the collection and tracking of IP addresses, device IDs and other data that can be linked to a particular employee’s communication devices.

The differences in these laws may impose a burden on company efforts to adopt a uniform globalized approach to cyber risk mitigation. Therefore, companies must reconcile varying laws of every jurisdiction in which they operate, to implement a uniform approach to network monitoring while complying with data protection and other laws.

Full article: US: Cyber Risk: Facing Off Against Employee Monitoring Requirements – Privacy Matters

66% of Workers Risk Breaching GDPR by Printing Work-Related Docs at Home

Two-thirds of remote workers risk potentially breaching GDPR guidelines by printing out work-related documents at home, according to a new study from Go Shred.

The confidential shredding and records management company discovered that 66% of home workers have printed work-related documents since they began working from home, averaging five documents every week. Such documents include meeting notes/agendas (42%), internal documents including procedure manuals (32%), contracts and commercial documents (30%) and receipts/expense forms (27%).

Source: 66% of Workers Risk Breaching GDPR by Printing Work-Related Docs at Home – Infosecurity Magazine

UK bosses set up IT systems to track Covid vaccine status of staff

Employers are creating vaccine databases of their workers to track who has been inoculated against the coronavirus.

With some companies announcing they would either sack or refuse to hire people who will not take a Covid-19 vaccine, others are using IT systems to create a form of vaccine passport in the workplace to monitor the number of staff who have had the jab.

Full article: UK bosses set up IT systems to track Covid vaccine status of staff

Microsoft Developing Workplace Surveillance System to ‘Score’ Meeting Productivity

A recent patent application reveals Microsoft is developing a “meeting insight computing system” that would monitor body language, facial expressions, and other features of participants in order to assign a “quality score” to workplace meetings.

According to the filing, the system could be applied both to in-person and remote meetings. Microsoft also introduced a “Productivity Score” last month which would have allowed organizations to monitor employees’ use of Microsoft products.

Source: EPIC – Microsoft Developing Workplace Surveillance System to ‘Score’ Meeting Productivity

Insider data breaches set to increase due to remote work shift

A third (33%) of all data breach incidents in 2021 are expected to be caused by insiders, according to the latest Forrester Cyber Security Predictions report.

This will be an 8% increase compared to 2020. The increase in insider incidents is likely to be caused by the unprecedented change in working environments from the office to remote working during nationwide lockdowns. Other contributing issues outlined by Forrester include the ease with which data can be moved as well as the general fear of being made redundant.

Source: Insider data breaches set to increase due to remote work shift | IT PRO

Surveillance Startup Used Own Cameras to Harass Coworkers

Verkada, a fast-growing Silicon Valley surveillance startup, equips its offices in downtown San Mateo, California, with its own state-of-the-art security cameras.

Last year, a sales director on the company’s sales team abused their access to these cameras to take and post photos of colleagues in a Slack channel where they made sexually explicit jokes about women who worked at the company.

Source: Surveillance Startup Used Own Cameras to Harass Coworkers

French Court Says an Employer Can Use a Facebook Post to Dismiss an Employee

On September 30, 2020, the French Court of Cassation ruled in favor of an employer that dismissed an employee because of the contents of a Facebook post.

The employee in this case posted a photograph of a new clothing collection of the employer on a personal Facebook account. Posting the photograph was in breach of the employee’s confidentiality obligations under the employment contract. The employer subsequently dismissed the employee for gross misconduct.

Source: French Court of Cassation Decides That an Employer Can Use a Facebook Post to Dismiss an Employee

Coronavirus opens door to company surveillance of workers

Privacy advocates warn of a slippery slope toward “normalizing” new levels of employer surveillance.

Employers are rushing to use digital tracking technology to reduce virus transmission in the workplace. But privacy experts worry that businesses will start using their newfound surveillance capabilities for purposes far beyond public health. The data could be used to evaluate workers’ productivity, see which colleagues are holding meetings or even flag an employee who unexpectedly ducks out of the office during work hours.

Full article: Coronavirus opens door to company surveillance of workers – POLITICO

Franch DPA Issues Standard Regulation For Biometric Systems In The Workplace

CNIL has adopted on 10 January 2019, further to a sectorial consultation with public bodies and private organisations, its first standard regulation that lays down legally binding rules applicable to data controllers subject to French Law, who use biometric systems to control access to premises, devices and applications at work.

The Regulation prescribes specific requirements for the processing, by a public or private employer, of biometric data to control accesses to work premises, to information systems or applications used in the context of business tasks entrusted to data subjects (i.e., employees, agents, interns and contractors).

Given the particular sensitivity of biometric data, the Regulation sets out stringent obligations to data controllers regarding the conditions of processing of such biometric data in the workplace.

Full article: France: The First Cnil Standard Regulation For Biometric Systems In The Workplace

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