The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has held that Spanish shop workers’ right to privacy under Article 8(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights was not violated when their employer obtained evidence of theft from covert CCTV footage of the employees.… Continue Reading
The Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, the “AP”) announced on March 8, 2016, that two companies agreed to stop processing employees’ personal health data after the AP initiated an investigation into the employers’ practices. The two companies provided their employees with wearable devices (or “wearables”), which allowed the companies to track their employees’ physical activity and sleep patterns. In addition to the two investigations, the AP issued guidance to employers emphasizing that employers are prohibited from engaging in these practice.… Continue Reading
The U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently filed complaints against the United States Postal Service (USPS), alleging that the USPS violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by failing to collectively bargain with its employees’ union regarding the postal service’s response to a 2014 data breach that reportedly affected over 800,000 current and former postal employees. Specifically, in one of its complaints, the NLRB alleged that the postal service’s unilateral decision to provide credit monitoring and fraud insurance to affected employees without engaging in collective bargaining with the union on these issues violated Sections 8(a)(1) and (5) of … Continue Reading
Omnibus data privacy laws are few and far between in the Middle East. None of the six states of the Gulf Co-Operation Council (GCC)—which comprises Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates—have issued national privacy legislation, although several have draft regulations under consideration.
By contrast, the financial “free zone” jurisdictions of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) have both adopted European-style data protection regulations.
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is the proposed new financial services free zone on Al Maryah Island in the UAE’s capital city of Abu Dhabi. Like DIFC and … Continue Reading