Editors' Note

Welcome to the March issue of Mayer Brown’s Privacy Posts, a newsletter on privacy, security and data protection law that will report and provide commentary on developments and trends that are significant to our clients’ business across the globe. As always, we welcome your thoughts and comments and invite you to contact us with any feedback.

Employee Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace—A Global Outlook

A Connecticut ambulance service company that allegedly discharged an employee because she criticized the company on Facebook has reached a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In the settlement, the company agreed to revise its rules on Internet posting and not discharge or discipline its employees for discussing wages, hours and working conditions online. As a part of the settlement, the employee agreed to leave her employment with the ambulance company. The ground-breaking social media case reflects a growing area of concern around the world.

We discuss social media concerns as they relate to the laws in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, China and Hong Kong.

Cloud Computing and Privacy Concerns

Any business contemplating moving its IT operations to a cloud based solution – or as the UK Information Commissioner has called it, internet based computing – must balance the privacy and security risks against the potential benefits offered by cloud computing. The General Counsel of Microsoft is quoted as saying that more than 75% of senior business leaders believe that privacy and security concerns are the most significant risks affecting the adoption of cloud based solutions.

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Legal Update

Social Media: Risks and Rewards