2.2 Million US Military Personnel Privacy Violations

Posted by Johannes Schenk on June 7th, 2006 — Posted in Employment Law, Human Rights Law

See this Washington Post article on the recent theft of data from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

And you thought you made a mistake. Concerns are now being raised that information (SSN and residential addresses) relating to 80% of the individuals on the active duty force is available to the public exposing force members and their families to …?

This is a gross example. But think of other examples where the safety of individual employees and their families could be compromised by such a breach. Not hard to do so I’ll let you do the thinking on that one. Suffice it to say that privacy of employee information has become much more than an exercise in statutory compliance. It is also a matter of workplace safety.

Medical Information Privacy

Posted by Johannes Schenk on June 5th, 2006 — Posted in Employment Law, Human Rights Law

Here is an interesting Washington Post article on medical information privacy in the US. The article discusses the American privacy scheme and concerns about the lack of enforcement for privacy violation by various health authorities.

Problem Gambling and the Workplace

Posted by Johannes Schenk on June 3rd, 2006 — Posted in Employment Law, Human Rights Law, Labour Law

Here is a brief article on problem gambling in the workplace. With casinos and video gambling machines becoming more prevalent expect to see more of this problem arising in the workplace. Do you have a problem gambler in the workplace? Would you know how to respond?

Web Surfing History: Not So Private?

Posted by Johannes Schenk on June 2nd, 2006 — Posted in Employment Law

Check out this New York Times article on web log history retention. The US Federal Justice department and the FBI are talking about internet service providers retaining surfing histories of individual users for up to two years.

Bird Flu

Posted by Johannes Schenk on June 2nd, 2006 — Posted in Employment Law

Here is a West Coast take on Bird Flu: Dr. Blatherwick. A slightly different persepctive on the matter.