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German high court says "nein!" to data retention
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Germany
  • March 18 2010

The German Federal Constitutional Court has overturned provisions of two German laws that implemented the EU Data Retention Directive (Directive 200624EC


Reading the tea leaves in Quon
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Canada
  • April 30 2010

The Supreme Court held oral argument on April 19 in City of Ontario v. Quon, the much anticipated case regarding the scope of employees' privacy in communications sent and received using an employer's equipment


New Jersey gives some tender loving care to employee privacy
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • April 30 2010

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Stengart v. Loving Care Agency, Inc., that an employee had a reasonable expectation of privacy in email exchanged with her attorney using a company laptop, despite a company policy explicitly stating that the company reserved "the right to review, audit, intercept and access all matters on the company’s media systems and services" and that "e-mail messages are considered part of the company's business and client records and are not to be considered private or personal to any individual employee."


"Internet privacy is a fallacy," court says
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • May 14 2010

A New York court gave this dismal assessment of the state of online privacy in dismissing criminal charges against an employer who used a keystroke monitor to record the personal emails of an employee


Court's ruling holds one shiny gift and one lump of coal for employers
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • December 26 2009

A federal district court in Idaho has ruled in Alamar Ranch, LLC, v. County of Boise that an employee waived the attorney-client privilege by communicating with her lawyer over her employer's email system, where the employer had a clear policy of monitoring employee communications


Immunity for telecoms may not equal anonymity
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • February 13 2010

The Ninth Circuit has blocked, for now, a court order requiring disclosure of records that would identify the telecommunications companies and their agents that lobbied for an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that immunized companies that cooperated with the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program


Court rejects CFAA claim based on deleted files
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • February 13 2010

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is notoriously vague or confusing on some issues, leading to conflicting decisions over when access to a computer is "without authorization" and what constitutes compensable "damage" or "loss."


Romanian court declares data retention law unconstitutional
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Romania
  • November 28 2009

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) has declared the Romanian laws implementing the EU Data Retention Directive to be an unconstitutional violation of citizens' rights to privacy and private correspondence


United States urges Ninth Circuit to ditch new rules on computer searches
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • December 5 2009

As we previously reported, the Ninth Circuit, sitting in an en banc panel of 11 judges, issued sweeping new rules in August that greatly constrain the government’s execution of search warrants in cases involving electronic evidence


Court explains why it blocked application of red flags rule to attorneys
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • December 12 2009

A federal court in the District of Columbia published its opinion explaining why it blocked the Federal Trade Commission from forcing practicing attorneys to comply with its final rule concerning identity theft "red flags."