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Walmart’s Newly Patented Technology For Eavesdropping On Workers Presents Privacy Concerns

Walmart just won a patent for audio surveillance technology that measures workers’ performance, and could even listen to their conversations with customers at checkout. While there’s no guarantee that Walmart will ever build this technology, the patent shows the company is thinking about using tech not just to facilitate deliveries or make its warehouses more efficient, but also to manage its workforce, which is the largest in the United States.

Source: Walmart’s Newly Patented Technology For Eavesdropping On Workers Presents Privacy Concerns

Poland regulates workplace monitoring

CCTV in the workplace under the Polish law Until recently, the matter of video surveillance in the workplace has not been explicitly regulated by Polish law. However, the new changes to the employment law dated May 10, 2018, address the issue of the use of video surveillance in the workplace.

Source: Poland regulates workplace monitoring

An Employee’s Right of Erasure Under the GDPR

GDPR introduces the concept of a “right of erasure” i.e. a ‘right to be forgotten’. Although the concept currently exists under EU law, it is currently applicable under very limited circumstances, when data processing may result in damage or distress.

Under the GDPR, pursuant to Article 17 and Recital 65, an employee will have a right to have his/her data erased and no longer processed, where consent of processing is withdrawn, where the employee objects to such processing, or where processing is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was gathered. That said, the employer, under certain circumstances, can refuse to comply with an employee’s request for erasure of personal data – where data processing is required by law or in connection with a legal proceeding.

Source: An Employee’s Right of Erasure Under the GDPR | Workplace Privacy, Data Management & Security Report

Spanish court admits emails from internal investigation as evidence

A judicial decision, issued by the employment division of the Spanish Supreme Court, has confirmed the admissibility as evidence, to justify a dismissal, of the emails of the dismissed employee obtained in the course of an internal investigation.

This decision has its origin in a claim for unfair dismissal filed by an employee of a Spanish company which had been dismissed by the company for committing very serious infringements of the Spanish Workers’ Statute – it was proven that the dismissed employee had accepted a bribe from one of the company’s suppliers.

Source: Spanish court admits emails from internal investigation as evidence

8 steps to GDPR compliance: A brief guide for HR functions

At its core, the GDPR dramatically heightens expectations on businesses in the way that they manage, use, store, secure and otherwise process personal data.

Clearly, HR and Talent functions act as the custodians of significant volumes of often sensitive or confidential personal data within any organisation, and must therefore take centre stage as this new and demanding law bites.

Source: 8 steps to GDPR compliance: A brief guide for HR functions

Greek DPA “further elaborates” on processing of data stored in corporate computers

The Hellenic data protection authority (‘HDPA’) issued, on 19 April 2018, Decision No. 34/2018 on a complaint filed by a former employee of N. KRITIKOS – G. NTAIRTZES SA PAPER TRADE alleging that the Company denied his right to access and unlawfully processed his personal data.

In particular, the Company had carried out an inspection of the computer used by the Complainant for professional purposes during his absence and without previously notifying him or obtaining his consent, which he alleged also contained personal files.

Source: Greece: HDPA “further elaborates” on processing of data stored in corporate computers

In these three countries, employee consent may be the only way to transfer their data

Before a deep dive into the issues of employee data processing and transfer, it is worth examining the requirements for employment documentation in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

Generally, paper files remain the prevailing form of such documentation, and they are extensively used by local companies to demonstrate compliance to state regulators. Among other purposes, employee records maintained in a prescribed way present a proof of proper employee data collection allowing its further processing.

Source: In these three countries, employee consent may be the only way to transfer their data

Take Action to Close the Largest Cause of Data Security Incidents – Your Employees

If you work at a typical company, employee actions and inadvertent present the greatest threat to the security of your data.

Therefore, providing proper training and technical safeguards is one of the most important means to enhance your company’s security profile.

Source: Deeper Dive: Take Action to Close the Largest Cause of Data Security Incidents – Your Employees

Ransomware reigns supreme in 2018, as phishing attacks continue to trick employees

Ransomware was the cause of 39% of malware-related data breaches, more than double that of last year, according to Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report.

This is the report’s 11th edition, analyzing more than 53,000 security incidents and 2,216 breaches from 65 countries.

Source: Ransomware reigns supreme in 2018, as phishing attacks continue to trick employees – TechRepublic

Right to be forgotten and employees

If employer receives a “right to be forgotten” request from an employee do he have to honor it?

Not necessarily. The GDPR indicates that people have a “right to be forgotten” in some situations, but that right is not absolute. Rather it only exists in the following six situations – many of which do not apply to personal data collected as part of an employment relationship.

Source: Bryan Cave – GDPR’s Most Frequently Asked Questions: If I receive a right to be forgotten request from an employee do I have to honor it?

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