Future of Work: Adapting to the democratised workplace

The new world of work: report warns of an unprecedented rise in workplace activism Across all sectors and geographies workers are becoming more vocal in articulating their views – about the workplace, their employer and about wider social issues – and increasingly holding organisations to account, enabled and amplified by social media. This trend is … Read more

EU: Data Use – Protecting a critical resource

Described by some as the “new oil” for the digital economy, there is no doubt that data are now seen as critical for organisations to succeed. Data are a powerful and lucrative fuel for productivity. If not adequately protected, data are vulnerable to leaks that can cause widespread damage, and their true value is only … Read more

UK: Surveillance – European decisions highlight right to privacy in the workplace

Two recent decisions – along with the imminent implementation of the GDPR – highlight the importance for employers of reviewing monitoring practices and policies. In Antović and Mirković v Montenegro, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that it was a breach of two professors’ privacy rights to install surveillance cameras in student auditoriums, … Read more

Europe: Developments in EU laws on trade secrets and data protection

The Trade Secrets Directive was passed by the Council of Europe on 27 May 2016. It will come into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal and member states will then have a two year window in which to implement its provisions. It will introduce a harmonised regime for the protection … Read more

EU developments: trade secrets and data protection

On 14 April the European Parliament voted to approve the new Trade Secrets Directive aimed at harmonising the definition and protection of trade secrets and undisclosed know-how across Europe. The Council is expected to approve the Directive this month and it could take effect in June this year, with Member States then having a two … Read more

Europe: Developments in EU laws on trade secrets and data protection

The European Parliament and EU Council have agreed the terms of a Trade Secrets Directive that aims to harmonise the definition and protection of trade secrets and undisclosed know-how across Europe. Once approved and adopted, the Directive could take effect early this year, with Member States then having a two year window in which to … Read more

EU: Compromise reached on General Data Protection Regulation

After almost four years of debate, the European Commission, Parliament and Council finally reached political agreement on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR") in December 2015. The final official text of the GDPR has yet to be released and is currently still subject to legal-linguistic review. However, a compromise text has been made … Read more

EU: Data protection – proposed EU-US Privacy Shield

The EU Commission and the US have agreed on a new framework to facilitate the transfer of EU personal data to the US, the EU-US Privacy Shield, following the ECJ ruling that the old Safe Harbour framework was invalid (see here). The Article 29 Working Party (ie, the EU data protection regulators) have called on … Read more