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News, commentary, and legal updates from attorneys in the Data Security and Workplace Privacy Practice Group at Fisher Phillips.

It is tax season once again, and with it comes an increased threat of phishing scams targeting human resources and payroll personnel.  In 2016, the IRS alerted employers to a then-emerging email phishing scheme in which messages purporting to come from company executives requested the release of personal information relating to employees, including W-2 tax forms.  Since then, the scam has evolved into a significant threat facing employers in multiple industries, from small and large businesses to public schools and universities, hospitals, tribal governments and charities.  According to the IRS, in 2017 alone, more than 200 employers reported falling victim to the scam, with hundreds of thousands of employees impacted.   

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) recently released a set of guidelines intended to serve as a benchmark for law firm cybersecurity practices.  The guidelines include information retention, return, and destruction, data handling and encryption, data breach reporting, physical security, employee background screening, and cyber liability insurance.  The requirements were developed based on corporate law departments’ experiences and with input from several law firms.

In Barbulescu v. Romania, a decision issued on January 12, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling interpreting the right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the context of an employee’s argument that his privacy rights had been violated by his employer’s monitoring of his internet use. Specifically, Barbulescu was asked by his Romanian employer to set up a Yahoo Messenger account for the purpose ...

Just this week, in Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, No. 15-269 (E.D. Pa. September 23, 2015), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied the Securities and Exchange Commission’s request that the Court order two former credit-card issuer bank (“Bank”) employees accused of insider trading to disclose the secret personal passcodes for smartphones owned by their former employer.

The SEC’s ...

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