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Privacy and Data Protection: 2013 Year in Review

Privacy and data protection continue to be an exploding area of focus for regulators in the United States and beyond. This report gives in-house counsel and others responsible for privacy and data protection an overview of some of the major developments in this area in 2013 around the globe, as well as a prediction of what is to come in 2014. Read the full report here.

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Recent NLRB Activity Zeroes In On Social Media Policies

by Stephen D. Erf, Heather Egan Sussman, Christopher Scheithauer and Sabrina E. Dunlap The law is not new – it’s just being applied to our newest forms of communication:  Twitter, Facebook and others.  Even the legal framework is relatively straightforward: Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects “concerted activities,” which include circumstances where employees seek to “initiate or induce” group action for “mutual aid or protection.” In today’s workplace, activities such as blogging, or posting messages on social networking websites, can be considered concerted activity, and unless the activity falls within one of the exceptions to the NLRA’s protections (e.g., confidentiality breaches, extreme disloyalty, etc.), the law limits an employer’s control over what employees may write and post.  In one recent case, the National Labor Relations...

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