Australia: Top 5 tips for employers when implementing GPS devices in company vehicles

GPS tracking devices in company vehicles are becoming increasingly valuable. Businesses can track driver routes, relevant customer locations and details of their requirements to enhance customer service. Recently, a bus operator installed GPS devices on smartphones to allow drivers to communicate with each other and the operations centre, and a courier delivery services company fitted … Read more

UK: Data protection – Why HR needs to know about new EU rules

The government has confirmed that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will harmonise data protection procedures across the European Union from 25 May 2018, will have direct effect in the UK, even if the Prime Minister starts the Brexit process next year. The changes will affect a number of organisational functions and will require … Read more

UK: US Privacy Shield on data transfer approved; employers relying on Safe Harbour should review their position without delay

The European Commission has adopted an adequacy decision approving the Privacy Shield framework for the transfer of personal data to the US, and the scheme became operational from 1 August (see here for background). Although some changes have been made to the original draft, national data protection authorities still have concerns about the Privacy Shield. … Read more

UK: Measures to protect confidential information from ex-employees

A High Court has ruled that, in the right circumstances, an employer may be able to obtain an order for the destruction of confidential information taken from it by departing employees and stored on the ex-employees' computers.  The order provided for the imaging and search of the ex-employees' electronic devices and deletion of any of … Read more

UK: Reasonable expectation of privacy may not always apply to private communications

Employers may be able to rely on an employee's private phone communications to justify discipline or dismissal in some cases, as employees will not always have a reasonable expectation of privacy.  Whether there is such an expectation will be fact-sensitive with relevant factors including whether the conduct concerns work-related matters, whether the employee is responsible … 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