Dec 042014

3News reports: An employer has admitted it breached the Privacy Act by accessing and distributing a former employee’s private Facebook photo of an obscenity-laced cake. Former New Zealand Credit Union (NZCU) employee Karen Hammond, made a cake iced with the words “Credit Union Baywide f**k you c***s”, to cheer up a friend who was leaving […]

Dec 032014

Andrew Harris reports: The luxury aviation business owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. was accused in a lawsuit of illegally snooping on its unionized pilots during a labor dispute. NetJets Inc. officials gained access to the pilots’ private message board and in a September meeting a company lawyer revealed she had “multiple pages of […]

Dec 032014 reports: According to a report by the Financial Times, some banks have begun monitoring traders’ performance against the number of times they use internal communications systems. The purpose of this monitoring is to identify whether traders are covertly contacting clients and illegally profiting from doing so, it said. Banks are also monitoring mobile phone use […]

Nov 182014

Syma Chowdhry reports: Three school board members have been asked to resign after a school employee was charged with spying. At a press conference held Monday night, school board members said they will not resign. “Disconnect, lack of trust, paranoia.” That’s how the Northampton County DA describes the relationship between the Easton Area School District […]

Nov 112014

Michael Booth reports: The New Jersey Supreme Court is considering whether whistleblowers can be criminally prosecuted if they steal or copy confidential documents from their employers to bolster their lawsuits. A lawyer representing a former school board clerk, who is charged with stealing hundreds of board documents to further her discrimination suit, asked the court […]

Nov 112014

Jonathan T. Cain of Mintz Levin writes: A rule to require federal contactors handling personally identifiable information to train their employees in safeguarding the information is close to release. Under the anticipated rule, contractor employees will have to undergo either agency training when the agency chooses to make it available, or will have to provide […]

Nov 092014

The Denver Post Editorial Board writes: Good for the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (CFIC), which went to bat for a parent seeking the names of teachers at his daughter’s school who called in sick in September to protest Jefferson County school board policies. At first,  according to the coalition, the district rejected Kyle Walpole’s open-records request […]