Data Protection

Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest trends, risks and developments in this fast moving area around the use and misuse of data. It covers privacy, big data, ICO, monitoring, subject access requests, international transfers and safe harbour principles.

Employee misuse of Company data – another weapon in the employer’s armoury

Sarah Henchoz

Employees misusing confidential data, particularly in readiness for a move to a competitor, is sadly an all too common occurrence. While employers are likely to have express clauses on confidentiality in their employment contracts and such action by employees is likely to amount to gross misconduct, employees who are leaving may simply be blasé about Read More

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2016 Employment Law Developments

Sheila Fahy

The employment horizon looks relatively calm this year, although there are a number of significant developments looming. The new rules on gender pay-gap reporting will make an appearance in 2016, but at this stage surprisingly little is known about the extent of these obligations. This makes it difficult to get going with preparation, but hopefully Read More

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Privacy – do employees have a right to it?

Sheila Fahy

Do employees have a right to privacy? Employees could be forgiven for thinking that they do not following recent headlines generated by the Barbulescu v Romania case, where the employer accessed private messages. This is a question that numerous friends and colleagues have asked me following recent headlines. Read More

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Big data put to work

Inge Vanderreken

Data protection rules are being tightened to protect the privacy of consumers and employees across the world. In Europe, a new Regulation is being drawn up, which is backed up with the threat of significant financial penalties and criminal sanctions. The ECJ is also bolstering the right to data protection by giving individuals enhanced control Read More

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Employee Privacy

Susana Ng

In recent years, stricter regulations are imposed to regulate financial, workplace and other issues. Facing the new regulatory regime, businesses – especially multinational corporates – have increased the importance of conducting independent, internal investigations.  At the same time, there is a rising trend in businesses outsourcing their data centres elsewhere and adopting the “bring your Read More

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